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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; Bilingual edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593761201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593761202
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.6 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It can be enjoyed merely for its sage advice and for the charm of the Chinese idiom that Aitken and Kwok have preserved."

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Author of nine books including, Taking the Path of Zen, Zen Master Raven, and The Morning Star, Robert Aitken has been a leader of the contemporary novel to establish Zen Buddhism in the West and was a founding member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. He is a teacher of broad reputation and consequence, who numbers as his own teachers and associates some of the legendary figures of Japanese and American Buddhism. He lives in Hawai'i. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ian A. Pojman on March 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Just got this book through chance. It's a great read. I think the blurb in the book summed it up well when it said something about uniting the traditional buddhist and taoist values with the more confucian. It reads like confucianized tao te ching - lots of parables of wisdom but made more "real life" - thus a but more accessible to a casual reader as opposed to the tao de ching, which a more light reader may not be able to grasp.

I am very happy with the translation, although I do not speak chinese, i feel as if there was a lot of care put into it. Great book. great job by the translators.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Secluded Path on February 18, 2013
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I recently reviewed another currently available translation of this work ("Master of the three ways"). Therefore I won't repeat my praise for the work itself here, suffice it to say that this is possibly one of the greatest books you can read in this life, one from which you can learn, cultivate yourself and reflect on for many years.
I do not read Chinese but a thorough comparison of the two versions shows that the meaning of the verses is the same. The poetry in this volume is of a different tone than that in "Master of the three ways", but also beautiful and potent. One gets the idea that the translation in this version was made to be closer to the original Chinese, although I cannot attest this. This volume has an afterword by W.Y. Kwok which very is instructive and delightful to read. The number of chapters differ slightly, but this is not a big problem and is understandable given the long and tumultuous history of the book.
Overall a great edition of the Caigentan. I cannot recommend this one over the other. I just bought the two of them and I take a delight in reading both. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bungerz on August 29, 2010
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this book was quite an interesting read lots of little bits of wisdom from various sources, good to read twice to make sure you havent missed anything, highly recommended!!
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By Bluestone39 on April 6, 2014
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I love this book for all the short stories on how to live life. Zen is the right road for living life fully.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albierte on November 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book over twenty years ago, and I always drew ideas from this book. If you want to stay out of trouble, you might want to read this book. The insights offered in this book are mostly about dealing with people and organizations.
Don't forget most of these wise men are consultants for hire. These intellectuals are more like the modern equivalent of corporate consultant. In China in the ancient days and today do not differentiate between government and a business. The king (monarch) is the president of the corporation. Everything in the kingdom is a property of the royal family. What else is new?
Kings and other rulers are either good managers or blood thirsty idiots. This book is an instructions manual for anyone who might be thinking about life in the royal court or modern day business organization. You are either fired or disgraced by going along with bad ideas that you do not like.
In a nutshell, this book is about how to be a good manager.
It's a treasure of a book.
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