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This is a beautiful version of the Tao Te Ching, most well understood when read alongside a more literal translation. This one is a bit more modern & poetic than a starker literal translation, but when read together the deeper meanings come through.

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9780785825166 | Collectors edition (Chartwell Books, August 30, 2009), cover price $7.99 | also contains Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, The Tao Te Ching | About this edition: This is a beautiful version of the Tao Te Ching, most well understood when read alongside a more literal translation.
9781848372443 | Gardners Books, July 31, 2009, cover price $11.80 | also contains Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, The Tao Te Ching

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9781517408855 | Createspace Independent Pub, September 19, 2015, cover price $8.99 | also contains Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, The Tao Te Ching
9781515033134 | Createspace Independent Pub, July 12, 2015, cover price $7.99 | also contains Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, The Tao Te Ching | About this edition: The Tao Te Ching is fundamental to the Taoist school of Chinese philosophy and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism and Neo-Confucianism.
9781503074446 | Createspace Independent Pub, November 3, 2014, cover price $96.65 | also contains Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, The Tao Te Ching | About this edition: Original version of The Tao Te Ching The Tao Te Ching is fundamental to the Taoist school of Chinese philosophy and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism and Neo-Confucianism.
9781501065965 | Createspace Independent Pub, September 11, 2014, cover price $6.99 | also contains Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, The Tao Te Ching | About this edition: The Tao Te Ching, Daodejing, or Dao De Jing is a Chinese classic text.
9781499209761 | Createspace Independent Pub, April 22, 2014, cover price $11.99 | also contains Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching, The Tao Te Ching | About this edition: Tao Te Ching is a classic chinese book about the origin of taoist philosophy.
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Product Description: A centuries old text, the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu, is a source of wisdom that has survived the sands of time and reached our present days. Written in a both poetic and rhetorical way, this book provides valuable life advices at the same time that it will challenge you to find your own answers and choose your own paths...read more

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9781515331162 | Createspace Independent Pub, August 2, 2015, cover price $9.99 | also contains Tao Te Ching | About this edition: Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text.
9780711236493 | Frances Lincoln Ltd, April 6, 2015, cover price $15.99 | also contains Tao Te Ching | About this edition: â?
9781500562021 | Createspace Independent Pub, July 17, 2014, cover price $7.00 | also contains Tao Te Ching | About this edition: Tao Te Ching was written by great Chinese spiritual adept Lao Tse about 2500 years ago.
9781500477486, titled "The Tao Te Ching" | Createspace Independent Pub, July 11, 2014, cover price $8.95 | also contains Tao Te Ching | About this edition: The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu - The Tao Te Ching, Daodejing, or Dao De Jing, also simply referred to as the Laozi; pinyin: is a Chinese classic text.
9781482065510 | Createspace Independent Pub, January 24, 2013, cover price $7.00 | also contains Tao Te Ching | About this edition: The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text.
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Product Description: Selected as one of the sixty-five masterpieces for the UNESCO Collection of Representative WorksThe fu, or rhyme-prose, is a major poetic form in Chinese literature, most popular between the 2nd century b.c. and 6th century a.d. Unlike what is usually considered Chinese poetry, it is a hybrid of prose and rhymed verse, more expansive than the condensed lyrics, verging on what might be called Whitmanesque...read more
By Lucas Klein (foreword by) and Burton Watson (trans)

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9789629965631 | Revised edition (New York Review of Books, January 13, 2015), cover price $15.95 | About this edition: Selected as one of the sixty-five masterpieces for the UNESCO Collection of Representative WorksThe fu, or rhyme-prose, is a major poetic form in Chinese literature, most popular between the 2nd century b.

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Product Description: Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. This is Daoist philosophy's central tenet, espoused by the person―or group of people―known as Zhuangzi (369?-286? B...read more
By Burton Watson (trans)

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9780231164740 | Columbia Univ Pr, December 3, 2013, cover price $60.00 | About this edition: Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death.

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Product Description: Burton Watson and Haruo Shirane, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese anecdotal (setsuwa) literature. These orally narrated and written tales drew on both local folk tradition and continental sources...read more
By Haruo Shirane (editor) and Burton Watson (trans)

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9780231152440 | Columbia Univ Pr, December 15, 2010, cover price $75.00 | About this edition: Burton Watson and Haruo Shirane, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese anecdotal (setsuwa) literature.

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9780231152457 | Columbia Univ Pr, December 15, 2010, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: Burton Watson and Haruo Shirane, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese anecdotal (setsuwa) literature.

Compiled by disciples of Confucius in the centuries following his death in 479 B.C.E., The Analects of Confucius is a collection of aphorisms and historical anecdotes embodying the basic values of the Confucian tradition: learning, morality, ritual decorum, and filial piety. Reflecting the model eras of Chinese antiquity, the Analects offers valuable insights into successful governance and the ideal organization of society. Filled with humor and sarcasm, it reads like a casual conversation between teacher and student, emphasizing the role of the individual in the attainment of knowledge and the value of using historical events and people to illuminate moral and political concepts. Confucius's teachings focus on cultural and peaceful pursuits and the characteristics of benevolent and culturally distinguished government. He also discusses ancestor worship and other rites performed for the spirits of the dead. The single most influential philosophical work in all of Chinese history, The Analects of Confucius has shaped the thought and customs of China and neighboring countries for centuries. Burton Watson's concise translation uses the pinyin romanization system and keeps explanatory notes to a minimum, yet his intimate knowledge of the Confucian tradition and precise attention to linguistic detail capture the original text's elegance, cogency, and wit.
By Burton Watson (trans)

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9780231141642 | Columbia Univ Pr, September 1, 2007, cover price $45.00 | About this edition: Compiled by disciples of Confucius in the centuries following his death in 479 B.

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9780231141659 | Columbia Univ Pr, November 1, 2009, cover price $17.95

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Product Description: Beginning with the introduction of the religion into China, this chronicle depicts the evolution of Buddhism. The career and achievements of the great Kumarajiva are investigated, exploring the famed philosophical treatises that form the core of East Asian Buddhist literature...read more
By Burton Watson (trans)

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9780977924547 | Middleway Pr, November 1, 2009, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: Beginning with the introduction of the religion into China, this chronicle depicts the evolution of Buddhism.

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Product Description: An intimate portrayal of one of history's most important and obscure figures, the Buddha, this chronicle reveals him not as a mystic, but a warm and engaged human being that was very much the product of his turbulent times. This biographical account traces the path of Siddhartha Gautama as he walked away from the pleasure palace that had been his home and joined a growing force of wandering monks, ultimately making his way towards enlightenment beneath the bodhi tree, and spending the next 45 years sharing his insights along the banks of the Ganges...read more
By Burton Watson (trans)

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9780977924523 | Middleway Pr, October 1, 2008, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: An intimate portrayal of one of history's most important and obscure figures, the Buddha, this chronicle reveals him not as a mystic, but a warm and engaged human being that was very much the product of his turbulent times.

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By Haruo Shirane (editor) and Burton Watson (trans)

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9780231138031 | Columbia Univ Pr, March 15, 2008, cover price $27.00

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Product Description: Poetry. Prose. Asian Studies. Translated from the Chinese by Burton Watson. This volume consists of twenty-five of Watson's new translations, shown alongside Lu You's poems as they appear in the original. In addition to the poems, Watson includes English translations of excerpts from Lu You's famous Ra Draii (Diary of a Trip to Shu), written in 1170, which describes his experiences on a journey he took to assume the duties of vice governor in the province of Kuizhou...read more
By Burton Watson (trans)

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9780978141493 | Ahadada Pr, November 1, 2007, cover price $12.00 | About this edition: Poetry.

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Product Description: Mozi (fifth century B.C.) was an important political and social thinker and formidable rival of the Confucianists. He advocated universal love―his most important doctrine according to which all humankind should be loved and treated as one's kinfolk―honoring and making use of worthy men in government, and identifying with one's superior as a means of establishing uniform moral standards...read more

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9780231130011 | Columbia Univ Pr, June 1, 2003, cover price $26.00 | About this edition: Mozi (fifth century B.

By Burton Watson (trans) and Xunzi

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9780231129657 | Columbia Univ Pr, May 1, 2003, cover price $27.00

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Product Description: Trenchant, sophisticated, and cynical, Han Feizi has been read in every age and is still of interest today when people are more than ever concerned with the nature and use of power. Han Feizi (280?-233 B.C.), a prince of Han, was a representative of the Fa-chia, or Legalist, school of philosophy and produced the final and most readable exposition of its theories...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780231129695 | Columbia Univ Pr, April 1, 2003, cover price $26.00 | About this edition: Trenchant, sophisticated, and cynical, Han Feizi has been read in every age and is still of interest today when people are more than ever concerned with the nature and use of power.

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Du Fu (712–777) has been called China's greatest poet, and some call him the greatest nonepic, nondramatic poet whose writings survive in any language. Du Fu excelled in a great variety of poetic forms, showing a richness of language ranging from elegant to colloquial, from allusive to direct. His impressive breadth of subject matter includes intimate personal detail as well as a great deal of historical information—which earned him the epithet “poet-historian.” Some 1,400 of Du Fu's poems survive today, his fame resting on about one hundred that have been widely admired over the centuries. Preeminent translator Burton Watson has selected 127 poems, including those for which Du Fu is best remembered and lesser-known works.

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9780231128285 | Columbia Univ Pr, April 1, 2003, cover price $80.00

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9780231128292 | Columbia Univ Pr, April 1, 2003, cover price $27.00 | About this edition: Du Fu (712–777) has been called China's greatest poet, and some call him the greatest nonepic, nondramatic poet whose writings survive in any language.

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Product Description: Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. This is Daoist philosophy's central tenet, espoused by the person―or group of people―known as Zhuangzi (369?–286? BCE) in a text by the same name...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Burton Watson (trans) and Zhuangzi

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9780231129596 | Columbia Univ Pr, April 1, 2003, cover price $28.00 | About this edition: Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death.

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Product Description: Hailing from the most authoritative and felicitous version of the sutra, translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in 406 by the great Central Asian scholar-monk Kumarajiva, this abridged edition of Watson's 1993 translation cuts through the sprawling magnitude of the original to focus on the chapters that expound the core ideas of the work and have been the most influential in the later development of Buddhist and East Asian thought...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Burton Watson (editor)

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9780231125079 | Columbia Univ Pr, October 1, 2001, cover price $28.00 | About this edition: Hailing from the most authoritative and felicitous version of the sutra, translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in 406 by the great Central Asian scholar-monk Kumarajiva, this abridged edition of Watson's 1993 translation cuts through the sprawling magnitude of the original to focus on the chapters that expound the core ideas of the work and have been the most influential in the later development of Buddhist and East Asian thought.

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Product Description: The T'ang dynasty was the great age of Chinese poetry, and Po Chü-i (772–846) was one of that era's most prolific major poets. His appealing style, marked by deliberate simplicity, won him wide popularity among the Chinese public at large and made him a favorite with readers in Korea and Japan as well...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Chu-I Pai and Burton Watson (trans)

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9780231118385 | Columbia Univ Pr, February 1, 2000, cover price $80.00 | About this edition: The T'ang dynasty was the great age of Chinese poetry, and Po Chü-i (772–846) was one of that era's most prolific major poets.

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Product Description: Among the most important texts of Zen literature, the Lin-Chi lu details the insights and exploits of the great ninth century Chinese Zen master Lin-chi, one of the most highly regarded of the T'ang period masters. PEN Translation Prize-winner Burton Watson presents here an eloquent translation -- the first in the English language -- of this seminal classic, The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-chi...read more
By I-Hsuan and Burton Watson (trans)

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9780231114844 | Columbia Univ Pr, April 1, 1999, cover price $75.50 | About this edition: Among the most important texts of Zen literature, the Lin-Chi lu details the insights and exploits of the great ninth century Chinese Zen master Lin-chi, one of the most highly regarded of the T'ang period masters.

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9780231114851 | Columbia Univ Pr, April 1, 1999, cover price $29.00

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Product Description: Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) is credited with modernizing Japan's two traditional verse forms, haiku and tanka. Born at a time of social and cultural change in Japan, Shiki welcomed the new influences from the West and responded to them by reinvigorating the native haiku and tanka forms...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780231110907 | Columbia Univ Pr, March 1, 1998, cover price $69.50 | About this edition: Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) is credited with modernizing Japan's two traditional verse forms, haiku and tanka.

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9780231110914 | Columbia Univ Pr, March 1, 1998, cover price $30.00 | About this edition: Here are graceful and timeless poems by one of Japan's greatest modern writers, rendered by a master translator.

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By Burton Watson (trans)

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9780231106894 | Columbia Univ Pr, August 1, 1996, cover price $27.00

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Product Description: This second volume of the history of the Han dynasty consists of chapters dealing principally with the reign of Emperor Wu, one of the most energetic and strong-willed of China's Rulers. Here the historian is chronicling events he has witnessed and writing of the men he personally knows or has known...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Qian Sima and Burton Watson (trans)

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9780231081672 | Revised edition (Columbia Univ Pr, June 1, 1996), cover price $42.00 | About this edition: This second volume of the history of the Han dynasty consists of chapters dealing principally with the reign of Emperor Wu, one of the most energetic and strong-willed of China's Rulers.

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Product Description: -- "Tricycle: The Buddhist Review"
By Nichiren, Burton Watson (trans) and Philip B. Yampolsky (editor)

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9780231103848 | Columbia Univ Pr, May 1, 1996, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: -- "Tricycle: The Buddhist Review"

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Product Description: One of the most popular Asian classics for roughly two thousand years, the Vimalakirti Sutra stands out among the sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism for its conciseness, its vivid and humorous episodes, its dramatic narratives, and its eloquent exposition of the key doctrine of emptiness or nondualism...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Burton Watson (trans)

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9780231106566 | Columbia Univ Pr, May 1, 1996, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: One of the most popular Asian classics for roughly two thousand years, the Vimalakirti Sutra stands out among the sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism for its conciseness, its vivid and humorous episodes, its dramatic narratives, and its eloquent exposition of the key doctrine of emptiness or nondualism.

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9780231106573 | Columbia Univ Pr, November 1, 2000, cover price $28.00 | About this edition: One of the most popular Asian classics for roughly two thousand years, the Vimalakirti Sutra stands out among the sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism for its conciseness, its vivid and humorous episodes, its dramatic narratives, and its eloquent exposition of the key doctrine of emptiness or nondualism.

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Professor Fung Yu-lan is a distinguished contemporary Chinese philosopher. Chuang-tzu is the textbook he used to teach a course on Chuang Tzu in the Beijing Chinese Language School during the 1920s. The book originally contained the translation of the first seven chapters of the Chuang-tzu and an article entitled "Some Characteristics of the Philosophy of Kuo Hsiang "appeared as an appendix. Chapter Ten, "The Third Phase of Taoism: Chuang Tzu," of Fung Yu-lan's A Short History of Chinese Philosophy is included as another appendix in the present edition. The Chuang-tzu, one of China's most important Taoist works, forms a connecting link between the preceding Book of Lao Tzu and the following Book of Huai Nan Tzu. It brims with ideas by means of images, shedding light on philosophy through the aid of fables. As the seven chapters are consistent in both style and thought, they were obviously written by Chuang Tzu himself, while some of the other chapters of the original Chuang-tzu were written by scholars of later periods or of other schools. Therefore, Chuang Tzu's philosophical thought is well presented in those seven chapters, while the ideas of the other chapters were incorporated in the translator's notes. Therefore, the present volume represents ideas discussed in the thirty-three chapters in the original Chuang- tzu. Professor Fung has, in his translator's notes, made a comparative study between Western philosophical thought and that of Chuang Tzu with a view to helping readers grasp the core of Chuang Tzu's writings.
By Chuang Tzu and Burton Watson (trans)

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9780231105958 | Reprint edition (Columbia Univ Pr, April 1, 1996), cover price $28.00
9789990801941 | Reprint edition (Columbia Univ Pr, April 1, 1996), cover price $0.02 | also contains Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings | About this edition: Professor Fung Yu-lan is a distinguished contemporary Chinese philosopher.

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