Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

By Pema Chodron. An American Buddhist nun explains how to become compassionate and fearless by accepting the pain in individual lives in their present state through the study of fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist sayings.

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Tao Te Ching: A New Translation

By Lao Tzu; translated by William Scott Wilson

Renowned translator William Scott Wilson has rendered Lao Tzu’s classic in the most authentic way possible, using both the ancient text and the even older Great Seal script used during Lao Tzu’s time. The result is a new and nuanced translation, accompanied by Chinese ink paintings and ancillary material. Wilson includes an introduction that tells the story of Lao Tzu, the “old man” and the “keeper of the archives,” and notes to illuminate the text. He also includes two short essays – one explains the relationship between Taoism and Zen, and the other explores the roots that link the spiritual aspects of the Tao with the practice of Chinese and Japanese martial arts. Wilson’s version of this ancient classic is wonderfully fresh and readable.

Philosophy for Beginners

By Richard Osborne

Illustrated by Ralph Edney

Why does philosophy give some people a headache, others a real buzz, and yet others a feeling that it is subversive and dangerous? Why do a lot of people think philosophy is totally irrelevant? What is philosophy anyway?

The ABCs of philosophy – easy to understand, but never simplistic.

Beginning with basic questions posed by the ancient Greeks – What is the world made of? What is a man? What is knowledge? What is good and evil? – Philosophy For Beginners traces the development of these questions as the key to understanding how Western philosophy developed over the last 2,500 years.

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