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The majority of the following books are from the library of Chon Tri. Many of the summaries and in his own words. If you wish to purchase the book, click on the cover image and you will be linked to Amazon.com.
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buy this book 131. I CHING: THE COMPLETE I CHING: THE DEFINITIVE TRANSLATION
by Alfred Huang (translator)
Publisher: Inner Traditions International, Limited (ISBN #: 0892816562, Hardcover, 576 pp, October 1997)
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From The Critics
The publisher's decision to call this 'the definitive translation' might at first seem presumptuous, given the fact that generations of readers have come to venerate the Wilhelm, Legge, and Blofeld versions. However, a careful comparison of Huang's translation with these prior classics reveals it superiority in nearly every respect. Readers interested in acquainting themselves with the I Ching for the first time need to look no further; those who have formed a deep personal attachment to a previous translation owe it to themselves to explore. Intuition - Dec 1998

buy this book 132. I CHING: THE I CHING OR THE BOOK OF CHANGES
by Richard Wilhlem (translator) Cary F. Baynes (editor)
Publisher: Bollingen; 3rd edition (ISBN #: 069109750X, Hardcover: 806 pages, October 1967)
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ANNOTATION
A classic translation which has been a key book in the Bollingen series. Combines Confucian and Taoist thinking in the interpretations of the hexagrams.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for three thousand years, and interest in it has been spreading in the West. First set down in the dawn of history as a book of oracles, the Book of Changes deepened in meaning when ethical values were attached to the oracular pronouncements; it became a book of wisdom, eventually one of the Five Classics of Confucianism, and provided the the common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy.

buy this book 133. I CHING: THE TAOIST I CHING
by I-Ming Liu, Thomas Cleary (translator)
Publisher: Shambala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 1590302605, Paperback: 352 pages, March 2005)
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ANNOTATION
The "Book of Change" is considered the oldest of the Chinese classics. A book of fundamental principles by philosophers, politicians, mystics, and others.
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The I Ching, or "Book of Change," is considered the oldest of the Chinese classics and has throughout history commanded unsurpassed prestige and popularity. Containing several layers of text and given numerous levels of interpretation, it has captured continuous attention for well over two thousand years. It has been considered a book of fundamental principles by philosophers, politicians, mystics, alchemists, yogins, diviners, sorcerers, and more recently by scientists and mathematicians.
The first part of the present volume is the text of the I Ching proper-the sixty-four hexagrams plus sayings on the hexagrams and their lines-with the commentary composed by Liu I-ming, a Taoist adept, in 1796. The second part is Liu I-ming's commentary on two sections added to the I Ching by earlier commentators, believed to be members of the original Confucian school; these two sections are known as the Overall Images and the Mixed Hexagrams. In total, the book illuminates the Taoist inner teachings as practiced in the School of Complete Reality.
Well versed in Buddhism and Confucianism as well as Taoism, Liu I-ming intended his work to be read as a guide to comprehensive self-realization while living an ordinary life in the world. In his attempt to lift the veil of mystery from the esoteric language of the I Ching, he employs the terminology of psychology, sociology, history, myth, and religion. This commentary on the I Ching stands as a major contribution to the elucidation of Chinese spiritual genius.

buy this book 134. ISLAM: AL-QUR'AN: A CONTEMPORARY TRANSLATION
by Ahmed Ali (translator)
Publisher: Princeton University Press (ISBN #: 0691074992, Paperback, 576pp, July 2001)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
This bilingual edition of the Qur'an, the Holy Book of Islam, was first published in the United States in 1988. Ahmed Ali, the distinguished Pakistani novelist, poet, critic, and diplomat, presents this elegant and poetic translation in a contemporary and living voice. On each page, the original Arabic and the translated English sit side by side, encouraging the reader to draw from both texts. Professor Ali also includes notes where necessary, providing the full meaning of each word and phrase. This accessible volume is essential for both scholars and followers of Islam.

buy this book 135. ISLAM: THE HOLY QUR'AN: ARABIC TEXT WITH EINGLISH TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY
by Yazdi Ayatullah Agha H. M. M. Pooya and S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali (editors & translators)
Publisher: Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, 4th Edition (ISBN #: 187940219X, Hardcover: 1962 pages , September 2004)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
The most authentic and unsurpassed English translation of the Muslim faith's Final Revelation from God to mankind through the last Prophet Muhammad, this translation is distinguished by the helpful commentary and notes that accompany the text, references from the Old and New Testament, as well as its reinforcement of verses through multiple sections of the Qur'an. The attractive volume also features extensive information on Islamic prayers, traditions, and observances such as the pilgrimage known as hajj and the spiritual significance of fasting in the month of Ramadan; a revised index for easy reference; and an introduction addressing issues of social justice, violence, and terrorism.

buy this book 136. ISLAM: THE QUR'AN
by Muhammad Abdel Haleem (translator)
Publisher: Oxford University Press (ISBN #: 0192805487, Hardcover: 465 pages , May 2004)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1,400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching; it is a sacred text and a book of guidance, that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of the Islamic religion. It has been one of the most influential books in history. Recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has nevertheless remained difficult to understand in its English translations. This new translation is written in a contemporary idiom that remains faithful to the original, making it easy to read while retaining its powers of eloquence. Archaisms and cryptic language are avoided, and the Arabic meaning preserved by respecting the context of the discourse. The message of the Qur'an was directly addressed to all people regardless of class, gender, or age, and this translation is equally accessible to everyone.

buy this book 137. ISLAM: THE QUR'AN: A NEW TRANSLATION
by Thomas Cleary (translator)
Publisher: Starlatch, Llc (ISBN #: 192969444X, Paperback: 368 pages, April 2004)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
This is a new and complete translation of the Qur'an-the Muslim scripture-by one of the premier translators of religious texts in the world. The meanings of this sacred text are rendered into the English language with subtle touches of poetry, allowing for the opportunity to fully understand the spirit and soul of the Qur'an. This direct and timely rendition is an essential source for the modern seeker.

buy this book 138. JOURNEY TO THE WEST (4-VOLUME BOXED SET)
by Wu Cheng'en, W.J.F. Jenner (translator)
Publisher: Foreign Language Press (ISBN #: 7119016636 , Paperback: 2346 pages , January 2001)
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Book Description
Journey to the West is a classic Chinese mythological novel. It was written during the Ming Dynasty based on traditional folktales. Consisting of 100 chapters, this fantasy relates the adventures of a Tang Dynasty (618-907) priest Sanzang and his three disciples, Monkey, Pig and Friar Sand, as they travel west in search of Buddhist Sutra. The first seven chapters recount the birth of the Monkey King and his rebellion against Heaven. Then in chapters eight to twelve, we learn how Sanzang was born and why he is searching for the scriptures, as well as his preparations for the journey. The rest of the story describes how they vanquish demons and monsters, tramp over the Fiery Mountain, cross the Milky Way, and after overcoming many dangers, finally arrive at their destination - the Thunder Monastery in the Western Heaven - and find the Sutra.

Attached are a number of illustrations drawn during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

buy this book 139. K. GIBRAN: THE PROPHET
by Kahlil Gibran
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (ISBN #: 0394404289, Hardcover, 96 pp, May 1976)
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Amazon.com
In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. At the moment of his departure, he wishes to offer the people gifts but possesses nothing. The people gather round, each asks a question of the heart, and the man's wisdom is his gift. It is Gibran's gift to us, as well, for Gibran's prophet is rivaled in his wisdom only by the founders of the world's great religions. On the most basic topics--marriage, children, friendship, work, pleasure--his words have a power and lucidity that in another era would surely have provoked the description "divinely inspired." Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a 20th-century supplement to all sacred traditions--as millions of other readers already have.
Brian Bruya

buy this book 140. K. GIBRAN: THE TREASURED WRITINGS OF KAHLIL GIBRAN
by Kahlil Gibran - Martin L. Wolf, Anthony R. Ferris & Andrew Dib Sherfan (translator)
Publisher: Book Sales, Incorporated (ISBN #: 089009389X, Hardcover, 902 pp, August 1980)
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From Our Editors
This edition brings together the passion of a writer whose visions helped shape the philosophy of the New Age. This collection of poetry and stories reflects the development of the wounded Romantic and angry young man to Gibran's final metamorphosis as the Prophet of New York, following him from the decadence of fin de siecle Boston to the vigor of Greenwich Village in its heyday before the First World War.

The contents of the collection:
1. Tears and Laughter 2. Between Night & Morn 3. Secrets of the Heart 3. Spirits Rebellious 4. The Broken Wings 5. The Voice of the Master 6. Thoughts and Meditations 7. A Self-Portrait 8. Mirrors of the Soul 10. The Wisdom of Kahlil Gibran.

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