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  A monk asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chien Paling:
-What is the difference between the meaning of the Sutras and that of the Patriarch?
The master replied:
-When it is cold, hen would go up on a tree and duck down to water. more...

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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 151. LAO TZU: TAO TE CHING
by Lao Tsu; Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English (translators)
Publisher: Sagebrush Education Resources (ISBN #: 0613070313, Library Binding, August 1989)
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The Tao Te Ching, the esoteric but infinitely practical book written most probably in the sixth century B.C. by Lao Tsu, has been translated more frequently than any work except the Bible. This translation of the Chinese classic, which was first published twenty-five years ago, has sold more copies than any of the others. It offers the essence of each word and makes Lao Tsu's teaching immediate and alive. The philosophy of Lao Tsu is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance. Nature provides everything without requiring payment or thanks, and also provides for all without discrimination - therefore let us present the same face to everyone and treat all men as equals, however they may behave. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop "trying," if we stop putting in so much extra effort, if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected. We will come to appreciate the original meaning of the word "understand," which means "to stand under." We serve whatever or whoever stands before us, without any thought for ourselves. Te - which may be translated as "virtue, or "strength" - lies always in Tao, or "natural law." In other words: Simply be.

buy this book 152. LAO TZU: TAO TE CHING
by Lao Tzu, Jonathan Star (translator)
Publisher: Tarcher (ISBN #: 158542269X, Paperback: 368 pages, August 2003)
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This unique edition of the Tao Te Ching features:
* the first comprehensive verbatim translation of the entire text of the Tao Te Ching;
* literal character definitions that allow the reader to create his or her own interpretation;
* a concordance section that enables the reader to track the different ways a single character is used throughout the work;
* grammatical and interpretive notes on individual terms and verses;
* a unique commentary on the first verse, which represents a complete spiritual teaching in itself; and
* a literary translation of the Tao Te Ching that can be read on its own or compared with the verbatim translation.

buy this book 153. LAO TZU: TAO TEH CHING
by Lao-tzu; John C. H. Wu (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 0877735425, Paperback, 96 pp - Pocket size, August 1990)
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"No better choice of translator could have been made for the Tao Te Ching ... Dr. Wu is one who is able to translate Lao Tzu not only in his words but in his life." - Thomas Merton

The teachings of this classic of Chinese philosophy - written more than two thousand years ago - are useful in the arts of leadership as they are in developing a sense of balance and harmony in everyday life. (from back cover of the book.

buy this book 154. LAO TZU: TE-TAO CHING - A NEW TRANSLATION BASED ON THE RECENTLY DISCOVERED MA-WANG-TUI TEXTS
by Lao Tzu, Robet G. Henrick (translator)
Publisher: Ballantine Books (ISBN #: 0345370996, Paperback: 320 pages , June 1992)
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Lao-tzu's "Te-Tao Ching" has been treasured for thousands of years for its poetic statement of life's most profound and elusive truths. This new translation, based on the 1973 discovery of two copies of the manuscript more than five centuries older than any others known, corrects many defects of the later versions. In his extensive commentary, Professor Henricks re-evaluates traditional interpretations.

buy this book 155. LAO TZU: THE WAY AND ITS POWER: LAO TZU'S TAO TE CHING AND ITS PLACE IN CHINESE THOUGHT
by Lao Tzu, Arthur Waley (translator)
Publisher: Grove Press (ISBN #: 0802150853, Paperback: 262 pages, January 1958)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching is one of the most important and profound texts of world literature. A guide to transcending everyday appearances and dilemmas in order to find peace in the immortal spirit of Tao, the book is divided into eighty-one short sections that are both eloquent and inspiring. This edition of Arthur Waley's definitive translation includes a comprehensive introduction, commentary, and notes section and offers the reader a perfect introduction to this timeless spiritual document.

buy this book 156. LAO-TZU'S TAOTECHING: TRANSLATED BY RED PINE WITH SELECTED COMMENTARIES OF THE PAST 2,000 YEARS
by Lao Tzu, Red Pine (translator)
Publisher: Mercury House (ISBN #: 1562790854, Paperback: 179 pages , January 2001)
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From Library Journal
Here is a refreshing new translation by an American scholar of Chinese (Guide to Capturing a Plum, Mercury House, 1995) that offers a simple version of this great sixth-century B.C. work. Accompanying each of the 81 verses are brief commentaries by scholars ancient and modern, plus an appended glossary explaining who they are. Many translations appear, in comparison, to be needlessly personalized and poetic. Here, one feels, are the bare bones, shining brightly. There is also an introductory background essay on what is known of this gnomish founder of Taoist philosophy. Chinese characters for each verse are included. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries. - Jeanne S. Bagby, formerly with Tucson P.L., Ariz.

buy this book 157. LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET
by Rainer Maria Rilke, Stephen Mitchell (translator)
Publisher: The Random House Publishing Group (ISBN #: 0679642323, Hardcover, 128 pp, December 1999)
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Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet are arguably the most famous and beloved letters of the twentieth century. Written when the poet was himself still a young man, with most of his greatest work before him, they were addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his own writing, asking for advice on becoming a writer. The two never met, but over a period of several years Rilke wrote him these ten letters, which have been cherished by hundreds of thousands of readers for what Stephen Mitchell calls in his Foreword that "vibrant and deeply felt experience of life" that informs them. Eloquent and personal, Rilke's meditations on the creative process, the nature of love, the wisdom of children, and the importance of solitude offer a wealth of spiritual and practical guidance for anyone. At the same time, this collection, in Stephen Mitchell's definitive translation, reveals the thoughts and feelings of one of the greatest poets and most distinctive sensibilities of the twentieth century.

buy this book 158. LUST FOR ENLIGHTENMENT: BUDDHISM AND SEX
by John Stevens
Publisher: Shambhala (ISBN #: 087773416X, Paperback: 220 pages, December 1987)
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Over the centuries, Buddhism has responded to sexuality in a variety of fascinating ways, sometimes suppressing the sexual urge, sometimes sublimating it, sometimes cultivating it, and, on the highest levels, transcending it. This book reveals how Buddhists, beginning with Buddha himself, relate to the "inner fire" that drives humankind. Included are chapters on the Buddha's love life before his enlightenment, and his later relationships with women; the tantric approach to sex among Buddhists of ancient India, Tibet, China, and Japan; Zen in the art of love, and a positive discussion of women and Buddhism.

buy this book 159. MEDITATIONS OF MARCUS AURELIUS
by Marcus Aurelius, Maxwell Staniforth (translator)
Publisher: Penguin Classics (ISBN #: 0140441409, Paperback, 188 pp, October 1964)
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From the Publisher
Stirring reflections on the human condition provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman of the second century.
Stirring reflections on the human condition from a warrior and emperor provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman of the second century. Recognizing that suffering is at the core of life, he counsels stoic detachment in the face of inevitable pain, loss and death.

buy this book 160. MYSTICISM: A STUDY AND AN ANTHOLOGY
by F. C. Happold (editor)
Publisher: Viking Press (ISBN #: 0140137467, Paperback: 416 pages, February 1991)
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"Covering a wider field than previous selections, this anthology has been compiled to illustrate and complement the study. Its twenty-seven sections (each with an introductory note) are taken from the work not only of Christian mystics, but also from the Upanishads and the Baghavat Gita, from Plato and Plotinus, and from the Sufi mystics of Islam." (From the back cover of the book).

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