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  One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master,
was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who
for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."

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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 71. CHRISTIANITY: SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS - "THE DUMB OX"
by G. K. Chesterton
Publisher: Doubleday Image (ISBN #: 0385090021, Paperback, 197 pages, October 1992)
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"You call him a Dumb Ox; I tell you that the Dumb Ox will bellow so loud that his bellowing will fill the world." - Abert the Great.

FROM THE PUBLISHER
A trade paperback edition of the classic portrait of Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest of Christian philosophers, by one of the greatest of modern religious writers.

buy this book 72. CHRISTIANITY: ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
by Johannes Jorgensen
Publisher: Galilee Trade (ISBN #: 038502875X, Paperback: 240 pages, August 1955)
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Every phase of life and work of St Francis has been examined reverently but at the same time with intelligence and understanding. The character of Francis is portrayed as one of great strength and sweetness. Rigorous and austere in his own life, his austerity had in it nothing blind, inhuman fanaticism; his ideal was poverty, yet he neither condemned nor depised the wealth he had renounced. By nature a joyful spirit, St Francis' whole life was a paean in praise of the risen Christ. His appeal is timeless and to all men.

buy this book 73. CHRISTIANITY: THE CITY OF GOD
by St. Augustine - Marcus Dos & Thomas Merton (translators)
Publisher: Random House - The Modern Library (ISBN #: 0679600876, Hardcover, 912 pages, January 1994)
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ANNOTATION
Saint Augustine examines the failure of Roman religion and the flaws in human civilization, thus creating the first Christrian philosophy of history.
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St. Augustine's masterpiece is an interpretation of history in terms of the struggle between good and evil: the City of God in conflict with the City of the Devil.
SYNOPSIS
One of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian philosophy, The City of God provides an insightful interpretation of the development of modern Western society and the origin of most Western thought. Contrasting earthly and heavenly cities--representing the omnipresent struggle between good and evil--Augustine explores human history in its relation to all eternity.
In Thomas Merton's words, "The City of God is the autobiography of the Church written by the most Catholic of her great saints."
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition is a complete and unabridged version of the Marcus Dods translation.

buy this book 74. CHRISTIANITY: THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT AUGUSTINE
by St. Augustine - Eward Bouverie Pusey (translator)
Publisher: Modern Library (ISBN #: 5551172791, Unkown, October 2000)
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Reviewer: Kurt Messick "FrKurt Messick" (Bloomington, IN USA)

Augustine's 'Confessions' is among the most important books ever written. One of the first autobiographical works in the modern sense, it also represents the first time a psychological and theological enterprise were combined. It also helps to bridge the gap between the Classical world and the Medieval world, exhibiting strong elements identifying with each of those major historical periods.

buy this book 75. CHRISTIANITY: THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
by Thomas A Kempis, Hal M. Helms (editor)
Publisher: Paraclete Press, Incorporated (ISBN #: 0941478076, Paperback, 252 pp, January 1982)
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Book Description
The Imitation of Christ has enjoyed an unparalleled place in the world of books for more than five hundred yesars, second only to the Bible itself. Estimates of the number of published editions run between three and five thousand, and it is said to have been translated into almost every language in the world. Read and applauded by world leaders, ordinary men and women, and religious figures of every sort, it offers comfort and counsel for everyone who seeks to live a more integrated, whole life.

buy this book 76. CHRISTIANITY: THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS
by St. Francis of Assisi, Raphael Brown (translator)
Publisher: Image (ISBN #: 0385075448, Paperback: 368 pages , September 1971)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
A book that captures the spirit of St. Francis like no other, this is a collection of the most charming tales of the Poor One of Assisi—his sermon to the birds, the story of the wolf of Gubbio, the exploits of Brother Giles and Brother Juniper, and more.

FROM THE CRITICS
AudioFile
St. Francis, born in 1182 in central Italy, started his adult life as a playboy with grandiose aspirations before he began the pattern of humble service to others we are familiar with. THE LITTLE FLOWERS was written by his followers 150 years later and describes his life and ragamuffin band of followers as if it were a Christian fraternity, complete with temptations, evil adversaries, and challenged loyalties. Though the clerical and spiritual issues discussed in these stories are far from simple, their tone is childlike, and they're read here like inspirational tales being offered to innocent young people. This is an informative, enlightening, and richly detailed history of one of our most popular and influential saints. T.W. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine

buy this book 77. CHUANG TSU: INNER CHAPTERS
by Chuang Tzu; Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English (translators)
Publisher: Earth Heart (ISBN #: 0934747164, Paperback, 161 pp, April 1997)
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From the Publisher
Chuang Tsu/Inner Chapters is a companion volume to Gia-fu Feng and Jane English's translation of Tao Te Ching, which has enjoyed great success since its publication in 1972, and is having a 25th anniversary edition published in 1997.
Very little is known about Chuang Tsu and that little is inextricably woven into legend. It is said that he was a contemporary of Mencius, and official in the Lacquer Garden of Meng in Honan Province around the Fourth Century BC. Chuang Tsu was to Lao Tsu as Saint Paul was to Jesus and Plato to Socrates.

buy this book 78. CHUANG TZU: THE BOOK OF CHUANG TZU
by Chuang Tzu, Martin Palmer & Elizabeth Breuilly (translators)
Publisher: Penguin (ISBN #: 0140194886, Paperback: 352 pages , May 1996)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
One of the great founders of Taoism, Chuang Tzu lived in the fourth century BC and is among the most enjoyable and intriguing personalities in the whole of Chinese philosophy. Like the Lieh Tzu and the Tao Te Ching, the Chuang Tzu perceives the Tao - the Way of Nature - not as a term to be explained but as a path to walk. 'The Tao that is clear is not the Tao'; experience is all. The Book of Chuang Tzu enters into debate with logic and dances around philosophy, making Confucian earnestness - along with the pretensions of emperors, bureaucrats and sages - the frequent butt of its jokes. Radical and subversive, employing wit, humour and shock-tactics, the Chuang Tzu is concerned not with government but with the life and growth of the individual spirit.

buy this book 79. CHUANG TZU: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF CHUANG TZU
by Burton Watson (translator)
Publisher: Columbia University Press (ISBN #: 0231031475, Hardcover: 397 pages, April 1968)
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Editorial Reviews
Book Description
The Chuang Tzu is one of the most justly celebrated texts of the Chinese tradition -- impressive for both its bold philosophical imagination and its striking literary style. Accepting the challenge of translating this captivating classic in its entirety, Burton Watson has expertly rendered into English both the profound thought and the literary brilliance of the text.

buy this book 80. CHUANG TZU: THE WAY OF CHUANG TZU
by Chuang Tzu; Thomas Merton (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 0877736766, Hardcover, 240 pp, pocket size, January 1992)
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Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and author of more than fifty books on spiritual, philosophical, and social issues, was one of those are rare Western thinkers who was completely at home in the philosophies of Asia. This collection of his poetic renderings from Chinese classic attributed to the great figure of early Taoism conveys its spirit in a way no other translation has. (From the back cover of the book).

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