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Footprints in the Snow: The Autobiography of a Chinese Buddhist Monk
Footprints in the Snow: The Autobiography of a Chinese Buddhist Monk
by Sheng Yen
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advisable not only for Buddhists, 7 Sep 2011
Who can not be interested in reading this book? Even if you are not a Buddhist, perhaps you should read it: the first chapters are simply among the best literature that I have read. The history of a poor child in China since he was born and how he could scape from misery, hunger, floods and wars to become a monk, then a soldier, again a monk, a scholar, a hermit...
If you are a Buddhist or you are interested in Buddhism, this book can show you who this man was: Master Sheng Yen. I think there exists another two biographies of Master Sheng Yen in Chinese, but this is the only one written in English so far.

The clear and modern style of his writing makes this book easily readable, even it makes you wish that the book was longer. It is also a good complement to his book Hoofprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as Taught by a Modern Chinese Master.


The Complete Book Of Zen: A guide to the principles and practice
The Complete Book Of Zen: A guide to the principles and practice
by Wong Kiew Kit
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, 3 Sep 2011
I think that this book could be useful only to those who know nothing about zen and have read nothing about zen. It presents an introduction to the history and principles of zen. I think this book is too lengthy and superficial. I bought it to know about the shaolin kungfu form related (according to Wong) to Zen, and it is explained only in a few pages. I should recommend you a better use for your money, for example, read any of the books by Chan Master Sheng Yen. For a thorough introduction to Chan (Zen) I should recommend his book "Hoofprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as Taught by a Modern Chinese Master", published by Oxford University Press.


The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing
The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing
by Kenneth S. Cohen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.85

51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best global view about qigong, 31 Aug 2010
It is difficult to find a good book about qigong. Some of them are just trivial compilations of postures; some of them are vere difficult to follow as they are written in a confuse style; some books try to explain too much styles and do not get to teach one. In my opinion this book is written by a expert, who has tried to give a global view of qigong so that the reader can choose the method that best suits him, and what is more important: he can understand how qigong works and practice qigong in a more relaxed and less mechanic way. The language is clear, there is no nonsense writing, no unnecessary or confusing pictures, and it has a good binding.
I usually do not buy any book about qigong or kungfu, if it is written by a non chinese author. Fortunately, I made an exception with this book. If you are interested in qigong and you are looking for a clear explanation and suitable style for you to practice, your money will be well invested in this book.


A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Volume 2: The New World
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Volume 2: The New World
by Winston S. Churchill
Edition: Paperback

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Politic history of England since 1485 to 1688, 24 Oct 2008
First of all, I think that this book should not be titled "The New World", because America only appears in a handful of pages. A most accurate title would be "Politic history of England since 1485 to 1688", following the personal point of view of Sir Winston Churchill.

It is an interesting book, which can be read as a novel, though some of the opinions of the author are very arguable, specially from the point of view of Spain or France. The fact that Isaac Newton, perhaps the most important englishman in World History, is not mentioned even a single time in the whole book, is also quite surprising.


Form and Will Boxing (Japanese Martial Arts)
Form and Will Boxing (Japanese Martial Arts)
by Lin Jianhua
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book by a qualified master, 31 July 2008
The main facts about this book are these: the author began practising martial arts in 1964 and has taught martial arts, specially Xingyiquan, in several universities, mainly in Fujian University; the book contains about five hundreds photographs, which are not of great quality, but explain with a lot of detail every movement; the book covers the essentials of the art, five element boxing, twelve animals boxing, and three routines of five elements, eight forms an twelve crosscut punches. Also covers paired practice.

This book is undoubtly a work made by an expert. I just would have wished its photographs were of better quality, and the lineage and style of this master were more clearly explained. Nevertheless, it is a great and useful book.


Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart
Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart
by Motohisa Yamakage
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, marvellous, beautiful and peaceful., 4 July 2007
I was looking for a book about Shinto. Now, I think I was lucky enough to find this handy, complete, and easy to read explanation about Shinto, written by a 79th generation Grand Master of Shinto!

I also found surprisingly, that the reading of this book was a relaxing one, with a sense of beauty and peace. You will discover that Shinto "has no founder, no doctrines, no precepts or commandments, no idols and no organization", which is something quite astonishing for someone like me, who has been educated in the catholic religion!

The book consist of 8 chapters:
1. Shinto for the New Millennium.
2. What is Shinto?
3. What is Jinja?
4. The idea of Misogi (Purification)
5. The idea of Harai
6. Koshinto: Theory of one spirit, four souls
7. Koshinto: view of the "Other World"
8. The systematic training method of chinkon

No doubt,this is a reference book for anyone insterested in Shinto.


Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life
Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life
by Ming-Dao Deng
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.31

5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title, 4 July 2007
When I bought this book, I supposed that this version of the I Ching was a readable one, one pocket-size book to read more easily than the academic versions of this great work. I was wrong: this is just another heavy, not handy version with four hundred pages, which does not contribute to a easy understanding of the subtleties of the I Ching. As the author himself says (page X): "Calling this book an act of madness, folly, and vanity would be to elevate it too much. Calling it stupid would be too thin a description. This is not a scholarly book; I am not qualified. Neither is the work of a master; I have no lofty authority."

I call it simply unnecesary and pretentious. If you are not qualified to write a scholar translation, and you are not a taoist or confucianist master, why do you dare to publish a book about I Ching?
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The Classic of the Way and Virtue: A New Translation of the "Tao-te Ching" of Laozi as Interpreted by Wang Bi (Translations from the Asian Classics)
The Classic of the Way and Virtue: A New Translation of the "Tao-te Ching" of Laozi as Interpreted by Wang Bi (Translations from the Asian Classics)
by Richard John Lynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most complete, serious and readable translation, 11 Dec 2006
I've got several translations of this chinese classic. Some of them simply translate the 81 chapters of this book. Every one is different. This one tranlates the 81 chapters, and gives the commentaries on this great classic writen by wang bi around 200 A.C. The commentaries are almost as valuable as the text itself, and the author includes also very interesting commentaries on the bibliography. I think this one is the best translation, most serious and academic that I've ever read. It only lacks of the original in chinese, and a phonetic translation, or even a dictionary including every word used in the chinese original. Anyway, an excellent work.


The Complete I Ching: The Definitive Translation: The Definitive Translation by the Taoist Master Alfred Huang
The Complete I Ching: The Definitive Translation: The Definitive Translation by the Taoist Master Alfred Huang
by Alfred Huang
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new and fascinating view over I Ching, 21 Mar 2006
I've got five direct tranlations of the I Ching from the Chinese. This one is not the most academic, but it shows a new point of view, and in some way, it is my favourite one as perhaps it is the most readable one. Some names of the hexagrams are different from those of Wilhem's translation, but Huang give good reasons for his election. He also gives an historical account of the old simbols hidden in the hexagrams. I think this book should be read after reading "The Numerology of the I Ching: A Sourcebook of Symbols, Structutres and Traditional Wisdom", also by Alfred Huang.


An Introduction to Western Philosophy: Ideas and Argument from Plato to Popper
An Introduction to Western Philosophy: Ideas and Argument from Plato to Popper
by Antony G. N. Flew
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.67

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dissappointing, 14 Feb 2006
I hoped this book to speak more about contemporary philosophy and science philosophy. I think it uses the name of Popper just as an advertisement. The best of this book is the number of excerpts from the works of the classic authors.


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