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Download The Siege of Shangri-La: The Quest for Tibet's Sacred Hidden by Michael McRae PDF

By Michael McRae

The tale of the hunt for a real-life Shangri-La within the darkest center of the Himalayas– a century-long obsession to arrive the sacred hidden heart of 1 of the world's final uncharted realms.

At the a long way jap finish of the Himalayas in Tibet lies the Tsangpo River Gorge, referred to as “the nice romance of geography” in the course of the 19th century's golden age of exploration. the following the strong Tsangpo funnels into an impenetrable canyon 3 miles deep, walled off from the skin international via twenty-five thousand foot peaks. just like the earthly paradise of Shangri-La immortalized in James Hilton's vintage 1933 novel Lost Horizon, the Tsangpo River Gorge is a safe haven respected for hundreds of years through Tibetan Buddhists–and later in Western imagination–as a sanctuary in instances of strife in addition to a gateway to nirvana.

The Siege of Shangri-La
tells the tale of this fabled land's exploration as either a geographical and non secular destination–and chronicles the invention on the finish of the final millennium of the reality at the back of the myths and rumors approximately it. Veteran journalist Michael McRae lines the gorge's exploratory background from the clandestine missions of surveyor-spies known as pundits and botanical expeditions of naturalists within the early 20th century to the hot investigations of students, adventurers, and pilgrims looking the "Hidden Falls," of the Tsangpo, which purportedly opponents Niagara in dimension and serves because the gateway to paradise. each one explorer's narrative offers expanding proof of why the gorge has been mythologized in jap and Western lore as one of many world's such a lot attractive blanks at the map–and a preferrred attempt of human will.

Taking readers on a guided travel of the gorge's panorama, actual and metaphysical, McRae offers an insightful examine the pursuit of glory and enlightenment that has performed out during this mysterious land with occasionally disastrous effects. The Siege of Shangri-La is an interesting trip in the course of the internal recesses of a distant, mystical international and the minds of these who've tried to arrive it.

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Download Chinese Characters: The Art of Painting The Word by The Book Laboratory Inc. PDF

By The Book Laboratory Inc.

The strokes utilized in chinese language characters have been initially formed after fowl tracks and shadows forged by way of timber. they're fantastically expressive even to those that don't realize their which means. To the chinese language, writing is not just a method of verbal exchange, it additionally has the strength to rework truth. The e-book during this field introduces the background of chinese language writing and offers many examples of how during which uncomplicated brush strokes are mixed to express not just phrases but in addition entire rules. The chinese language personality tattoos that accompany the ebook will be harmlessly and quickly adhered to the physique for an excellent and unique impression

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Download The Cambridge History of China: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, by Frederick W. Mote, Denis Twitchett PDF

By Frederick W. Mote, Denis Twitchett

This quantity within the authoritative Cambridge heritage of China is dedicated to the historical past of the Ming dynasty, with a few account of the 3 a long time prior to the dynasty's formal institution, and of the Ming Courts, which survived in South China for a new release after 1644. quantity 7 offers essentially with political advancements of the interval, however it additionally contains historical past in social, monetary, and cultural background the place this can be proper to the process occasions. The Ming interval is the single section of later imperial background within which all of China right used to be governed by means of a local, or Han dynasty. The good fortune of the chinese language in regaining keep an eye on over their very own govt is a vital occasion in historical past, and the Ming dynasty therefore has been looked, either in Ming occasions or even extra so during this century, as an period of chinese language resurgence. the quantity offers the biggest and so much specified account of the Ming interval in any language. Summarizing all smooth study in chinese language, eastern, and Western languages, the authors have long gone some distance past a precis of the nation of the sector, yet have integrated unique examine on matters that experience by no means ahead of been defined intimately. quantity 7 can be by way of a topical quantity of Ming heritage (Volume eight) that might supply designated experiences of institutional alterations, diplomacy, social and financial background, and the background of rules and of faith.

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Download Buddhism and Buddhists in China by Lewis Hodus PDF

By Lewis Hodus

As may be visible in what follows, faith in China is in the beginning sight a combined affair. From the perspective of cruder family superstitions an ordinary chinese language family members will be considered as Taoists; the rules through which its individuals search to lead their lives separately and socially might be referred to as Confucian; their perspective of worship and their hopes for the longer term lead them to Buddhists. the coed wouldn't be a ways afield whilst he credit the non secular aspirations of the chinese language this present day to Buddhism, relating to Confucianism as furnishing the moral approach to which they put up and Taoism as answerable for many superstitious practices. however the Buddhism present in China differs noticeably from that of Southern Asia, as should be made transparent via the next cartoon of its creation into the fancy country and its next background.

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Download Collection of Wang Chuanshan (Chinese classical literature by 王夫之 PDF

By 王夫之

船山具有很深刻也很开明的历史见解,有他自己的一套历史哲学。根据他的理势合一论,他一方面诡「得理自然成势」(读四书大全说卷九),而另一方面说「于势之必然处见理」八同上(,「顺必然之势者理也」宋论卷七),很有点像黑格尔所主张「一切现实的郁是合理的,一切合理的都是现实的」那种味道。他以这种精神来讲历史,往往能按切历史事件的当时现实形势立论,而予以合理化。

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Download Patronage and Community in Medieval China: The Xiangyang by Andrew Chittick PDF

By Andrew Chittick

This primary book-length remedy of a provincial army society in China's early medieval interval bargains a bright portrait of this milieu and invitations readers to reevaluate their realizing of a serious interval in chinese language heritage. Drawing on poetry, neighborhood heritage, archaeology, and Buddhist fabrics, in addition to extra conventional old assets, Andrew Chittick explores the tradition and interrelationships of the best figures of the Xiangyang quarter (in the north of recent Hubei province) within the centuries best as much as the Sui unification. utilizing the version of patron-client kin to represent the interactions among neighborhood males and representatives of the southern court docket at Jiankang, the publication emphasizes the best way those interactions have been formed by way of own ties and cultural and standing adjustments. the result's a compelling reason for the transferring, risky, and violent nature of the political and armed forces process of the southern dynasties. delivering a much broader viewpoint which considers the social international past the capital elite, the booklet demanding situations previous conceptions of medieval society as "aristocratic" and rooted in kinfolk lineage and officeholding.

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Download 南懷瑾選集(第四卷)禪宗與道家·道家、密宗與東方神秘學·靜坐修道與長生不老 by 南懷瑾 PDF

By 南懷瑾

禪宗與道家
出版說明
舉辦宗教哲學專題講演的旨趣(代序)
前言
禪宗與佛學
一、 佛學與中國文化的因緣
二、 佛學內容簡介
(一) 印度文化的背景
(二) 印度上古的形勢與國情
(三) 釋迦出家成道對於人類世界的貢獻
1. 建立師道的莊嚴
2. 破除印度傳統的階級觀念
3. 歸納印度上古傳統宗教的輪迴之說
4. 開拓宇宙觀與世界觀
5. 調和裁定形而上的本體論
(四) 大乘佛教和小乘佛教
1. 小乘的思想
2. 小乘的實踐
3. 小乘的求證方法
4. 大乘的思想
5. 大乘的實踐
6. 大乘求證的方法
三、 禪宗概要
(一) 有關禪宗的史跡
1. 禪宗所謂的“教外別傳”
2. 禪宗的禪
3. 達摩大師初傳的禪宗
(二) 初唐以前禪宗開展的影響
1. 關於六祖的開悟
2. 關於“不思善,不思惡”的問題
3. 關於“不是風動,不是幡動,是仁者心動”的問題
(三) 唐初禪宗興盛的大勢
(四) 研究禪宗的幾個鎖鑰
1. 時代方言的注意
2. 幾個重要術語的了解
(1) 禪宗語錄
(2) 禪宗機鋒
(3) 棒喝
3. 研讀禪宗典籍的重點
4. 必須具備禪學與文學的素養
(五) 禪宗的中心及其目的
1. 禪的目的與涅?
2. 宋元以後注重參禪的禪風
(1) 參話頭與止觀、禪那的關係
(2) 看念頭
(3) 參話頭
3. 元明以後禪宗的三關界說與參禪的境界
(六) 禪宗與理學的關係
(七) 禪宗與中國文學
1. 隋唐以後文學意境的轉變與禪宗
(1) 詩
(2) 詞曲
(3) 小說
2. 禪與文學的重要性
(1) 禪師與詩
(2) 宗教與文學
四、 禪宗叢林制度與中國文化教育的精神
(一) 佛教原始制度的簡介
(二) 禪宗叢林制度的由來
 1. 叢林的規模
2. 叢林的風規
3. 叢林以修持為中心的禪堂
4. 叢林與中國文教
結論
道家與道教
一、 道家學術思想與黃老、老莊的淵源
二、 隱士思想與道家
三、 方士的學術與道家
四、 關於道家方士學術思想的淵源
五、 道家與道教學術思想的內容
六、 漢魏以後的神仙丹道派
七、 道家與道教宗祖人物思想的略論
八、 道教
九、 道家及道教思想與中國文化的教育精神
道家、密宗與東方神秘學
出版說明
前言
第 一 部 分
道家、密宗與東方神秘學
第一章 道家、密宗與東方神秘學
第二章 密宗的神秘、神秘的密宗
第三章 密宗的神秘
——近於神人之間的龍樹
第四章 密宗理論之依據
第五章 人身的內密
第六章 聲音的奧妙
第七章 聲音對人體神妙的作用
第八章 意密與佛學理論之依據
第九章 意識的神秘之研究
第十章 從世俗到出世
——談意密與觀想
第 二 部 分
道家《易經》與中醫醫理
第一章
第二章
第三章
第四章
第五章
第六章
第七章
第八章
第九章
第 三 部 分
道家學術思想與佛家密宗文化
靜坐修道與長生不老
出版說明
前言
附錄: 修定與參禪法要
南懷瑾先生著述目錄

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Download Dilemmas of victory : The Early Years of the People's by edited by Jeremy Brown, Paul G. Pickowicz. PDF

By edited by Jeremy Brown, Paul G. Pickowicz.

"This paintings examines the social, cultural, political, and fiscal dimensions of the Communist takeover of China. rather than residing on elite politics and policy-making methods, Dilemmas of Victory seeks to appreciate how the 1949-1953 interval was once skilled through quite a few teams, together with industrialists, filmmakers, ethnic minorities, educators, rural midwives, philanthropists, stand-up comics, and  Read more...

The early years of the People's Republic of China : an advent / Jeremy Brown and Paul G. Pickowicz --
pt. I : city takeover --
"Clean-up" : the recent order in Shanghai / Frederic Wakeman, Jr. --
Masters of the rustic? Shanghai staff within the early People's Republic / Elizabeth J. Perry --
New democracy and the dying of non-public charity in Shanghai / Nara Dillon --
pt. II : Occupying the outer edge --
From resisting communists to resisting the US : civil warfare and Korean struggle in southwest China, 1950-51 / Jeremy Brown --
The chinese language communist "liberation" of Tibet, 1949-51 / Chen Jian --
Big brother is observing : neighborhood Sino-Soviet family members and the construction of latest Dalian, 1945-55 / Christian Hess --
The name of the oases : the "peaceful liberation" of Xinjiang, 1949-53 / James Z. Gao --
pt. III : The tradition of lodging --
The crocodile chicken : Xiangsheng within the early Fifties / Perry hyperlink --
"The first actual lesson" : educating approximately human evolution in early Nineteen Fifties China / Sigrid Schmalzer --
Acting like revolutionaries : Shi Hui, the Wenhua studio, and private-sector filmmaking, 1949-52 / Paul G. Pickowicz --
Creating "New China's first new-style normal university," 1949-50 / Douglas A. Stiffler --
pt. IV : kin ideas --
The Ye kinfolk in New China / Joseph W. Esherick --
Birthing tales : rural midwives in Nineteen Fifties China / Gail Hershatter --
Capitalists deciding upon communist China : the Liu kinfolk of Shanghai, 1948-56 / Sherman Cochran.

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Download China and Maritime Europe, 1500-1800: Trade, Settlement, by John E. Wills Jr, John Cranmer-Byng, Willard J. Peterson PDF

By John E. Wills Jr, John Cranmer-Byng, Willard J. Peterson Jr, John W. Witek

China and Maritime Europe, 1500-1800 seems to be at early sleek China in a few of its most complex and fascinating kin with an international of accelerating international interconnection. New international silver, chinese language tea, Jesuit astronomers on the chinese language court docket, and retailers and marauders of all types play vital roles the following. even if items of those tales were informed sooner than, those chapters give you the fullest and clearest on hand summaries, according to resources in chinese language and in eu languages, making this knowledge available to scholars and students attracted to the growing to be connections between continents and civilizations within the early smooth interval.

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