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The Book of Five Rings: A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword
The Book of Five Rings
A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword
Paperback      ISBN: 1590302486
The Book of Five Rings is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction.

The Book of Five Rings was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Thomas Cleary's translation is immediately accessible, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates here another important Japanese classic on leadership and strategy, The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights of Taoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior.
The Art of Peace
The Art of Peace
Paperback      ISBN: 1570629641
New York Times Bestseller

The inspirational teachings in this collection show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. The teachings are drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art of Aikido, a mind-body discipline he called the "Art of Peace," which offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. Ueshiba believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the challenges we face in life--in personal relationships, as we interact with society, and at work and in business.

This edition is a much-expanded version of the original miniature edition that appeared in the Shambhala Pocket Classics series. It features a wealth of new material, including a biography of Ueshiba; an essay by John Stevens that presents Ueshiba's views on "The Art of War versus the Art of Peace"; newly translated doka, didactic "poems of the Way"; and Ueshiba's own calligraphies.
Vaastu: The Indian Art of Placement: Design and Decorate Homes to Reflect Eternal Spiritual Principles
Vaastu: The Indian Art of Placement
Design and Decorate Homes to Reflect Eternal Spiritual Principles
Paperback      ISBN: 0892818859

The first book in English on the Hindu precursor to feng shui.

- Allows readers to design homes that conform to eternal spiritual principles.

- Offers suggestions to rectify existing buildings with inauspicious energy.

The subtle art of energy management for prosperity, good health, and calm mind has been introduced to the West through feng shui. Until now the ancient practice of vaastu, the Hindu art of environmental design, has been relatively unknown. Born of the movement of forces within the trinity of the great Hindu gods--Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva--vaastu is the human expression of life's impulse to harmonize itself with the cosmos.

The great culture at Harrapa, in 3000 b.c., applied vaastu to create cities at a level of sophistication that would only be reached again in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Housed in a library in north India, the codified tenets of vaastu were destroyed in medieval times by successive invaders into the country; however, the art of vaastu remained alive, through oral tradition and buried deep within other treatises. The rediscovery of these texts in the 1930s has led to a modern revival of this art in India--brought to Western readers for the first time in Vaastu: The Indian Art of Placement.

Vaastu elucidates principles that orient and plan each element of a structure, both the big picture and the small details. A building's site, ground plan, shape, and orientation are all-important considerations, as are soil quality, window placement, and construction materials. The affinities of household items--the telephone, computer, bath--with the five elements of nature, and thus their ideal placement within the structure, are also described. Guidelines for modifying existing buildings help the reader apply the vaastu principles in a practical manner. Vaastu: The Indian Art of Placement will assist in creating personal environments that promote peace, harmony, and health.
DAO de Jing: A Philosophical Translation
DAO de Jing
A Philosophical Translation
Paperback      ISBN: 0345444191

In 1993, archaeologists unearthed a set of ancient bamboo scrolls that contained the earliest known version of the Dao de jing. Composed more than two thousand years ago, this life-changing document offers a regimen of self-cultivation to attain personal excellence and revitalize moral behavior. Now in this luminous new translation, renowned China scholars Roger T. Ames and David L. Hall bring the timeless wisdom of the Dao de jing into our contemporary world.

In this elegant volume, Ames and Hall feature the original Chinese texts of the Dao de jing and translate them into crisp, chiseled English that reads like poetry. Each of the eighty-one brief chapters is followed by clear, thought-provoking commentary exploring the layers of meaning in the text. This new version of one of the world's most influential documents will stand as both a compelling introduction to Daoist thought and as the classic modern English translation.
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living
Start Where You Are
A Guide to Compassionate Living
Paperback      ISBN: 1570628394
Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Ch dr n presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can "start where we are"--embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Ch dr n frames her teachings on compassion around fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as: "Always apply only a joyful state of mind," "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness," and "Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment."

Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation, Start Where You Are shows how we can all develop the courage to work with our inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.
The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan: The Power of the Spoken Word
The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
The Power of the Spoken Word
Paperback      ISBN: 089509052x
Feng Shui Design: From History and Landscape to Modern Gardens & Interiors
Feng Shui Design
From History and Landscape to Modern Gardens & Interiors
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670882232

A guide to using the principles of ancient Chinese design at home, work, or in the garden

The Kama Sutra of Vatsayana: The Classic Hindu Treatise on Love and Social Conduct
The Kama Sutra of Vatsayana
The Classic Hindu Treatise on Love and Social Conduct
Paperback      ISBN: 014019360x

The 1964 publication of Sir Richard Burton's translation marked the first wide appearance in English of the Kama Sutra and was celebrated as a literary event of highest importance. As vital to an understanding of ancient Indian civilization as the works of Plato and Aristotle are to the West, the Kama Sutra has endured for 1,700 years as an indisputable classic of world literature.

Written with frankness and unassuming candor, the Kama Sutra remains one of the most readable and enjoyable of all the classics of antiquity. A work of philosophy, psychology, sociology, Hindu dogma, scientific inquiry, and sexology, the Kama Sutra's importance is so great that it has at the same time both affected Indian civilization and remained an indispensable key to understanding it.

Wisdom of the East: Stories of Compassion, Inspiration, and Love
Wisdom of the East
Stories of Compassion, Inspiration, and Love
Paperback      ISBN: 0737305843

Leading writers, teachers and practitioners of Buddhism, Hindu, Islamic and Taoist traditions share their favourite ancient teaching stories. This anthology brings together stories and poems of Eastern wisdom, along with the insights and inspirations gained from them. Contributors include: The Dalai Lama; Jack Kornfield; Gary Snyder; mahatma Gandhi Yogananda; and Sharon Salzberg.

Zen Lessons: The Art of Leadership
Zen Lessons
The Art of Leadership
Paperback      ISBN: 1570628831

This guide to enlightened conduct for people in positions of authority is based on the teachings of several great Chinese Zen masters. Drawing on private records, letters, and long-lost documents of the Song dynasty (tenth to thirteenth centuries), Zen Lessons consists of short excerpts written in language that is accessible to the reader without any background in Eastern philosophy. This book serves as a guide to recognizing the qualities of a genuine Zen teacher; it also serves as a study of the character and conduct necessary for the mastery of any position of power and authority--whether religious, social, political, or organizational.