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Lives of Confucius: Civilization's Greatest Sage through the Agesby Thomas Wilson
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Why is this haiku book different from all other haiku books?
For centuries, the Japanese haiku has been one of the world's most dazzling poetic forms. In just three short lines, it captures the sublime beauty of nature--the croak of the bullfrog, the buzzing of the dragonfly, the shriek of the cicada, the scream of the cormorant. Now, with Haikus for Jews, there is finally a collection that celebrates the many advantages of staying indoors.
Inspired by ancient Zen teachings and timeless Jewish noodging, this masterful work is filled with insights that will make you exclaim, Ah or at least Oy Whether you are Jewish or you simply enjoy a good kosher haiku, these chai-kus (so called because of their high chutzpah content) are certain to amuse. What's more, with each poem limited to seventeen syllables, Haikus for Jews is perfect for people in a hurry. Find out why God has made these The Chosen Haikus.
From the Hardcover edition.
Documents the life and influence of the distinguished ancient-world philosopher, offering insight into his perspectives on a variety of topics while tracing how his work has been interpreted and applied throughout Chinese history.
Confucius—“Master Kung” (551–479 BCE), the Chinese thinker and social philosopher—originated teachings that have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life over many centuries. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, justice, and appropriateness in social relationships. In time these values gained prominence in China over other doctrines, such as Taoism and even Buddhism. His thoughts later developed into a system of philosophy known as Confucianism.
Today there remain many mysteries about the actual circumstances of his life, and the development of his influence has yet to be encapsulated for the general reader. But with Michael Nylan and Thomas Wilson’s Lives of Confucius, many mysteries are laid to rest about his historical life, and fascinating details emerge about how his mythic stature evolved over time, right up to the present day.
Table of Contents
Kongzi, in Sima Qian's Shiji and the analects (MN) — Kongzi and his critics (MN) — Kongzi, the uncrowned king (MN) — The canonical Confucius from Han through song (TAW) — The supreme sage and the imperial cults : ritual and doctrine (TAW) — The cultic Confucius in the imperial temple and ancestral shrine (TAW) — A confusion of confuciuses : invoking Kongzi in the modern world (MN) — Epilogue (MN).
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