Category “Oriental Thought”

Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

(1716) Yamamoto Tsunemoto
(Translated from Japanese into English by William Scott Wilson (1979))

Poetic, robust, humbling. Maybe even useful. I’ve been trying to make decisions ‘within seven breaths’, for example.

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Zen Buddhism

Christmas Humphreys

Probably the third-best work on the subject in the English language.

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The Way of Zen

Alan Watts

Probably the second-best work on the subject in the English language.

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Tao: The Watercourse Way

Alan Watts

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Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Suzuki

In my opinion the best short work available on the subject in the English language.

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Buddhism

Christmas Humphreys
A good introduction to, and overview of, the main branches of Buddhism. Intended for those willing to garner a historical understanding, but not designed with a view to aiding the practice of Buddhism. Whatever that is.

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The Book

Alan Watts
A whimsical introduction to transcending the Ego.

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