This unique anthology brings together the most inspiring and illuminating thoughts from China's long and magnificent past. The selection ranges widely - from the humane ideals of Confucius and Mencius to the more esoteric thoughts expressed in the Tao Te Ching and the Zhuangzi, the founder texts of Taoism; from the philosophy of war and command articulated by Sunzi to the promotion of universal love by Mozi; and much more. Chinese Wisdom is a luxuriously presented, beautifully illustrated edition packed with poetically expressed ideas with universal appeal that will delight and enlighten the casual browser and serious student in equal measure. This highly original collection - perfect for dipping into as well as serious study - offers fascinating insights into characteristic Chinese perspectives on life, death, divinity, society and morality. The compilation reflects our universal journey through life, from family and education through war and politics to death.
With fresh translations of passages from China's most venerable texts as well as ancient manuscripts that have only recently come to light, "Chinese Wisdom" is a wonderful mix of stories, reflections, observations and aphorisms that still resonate for readers in the West today.
Edward L. Shaughnessy is general editor of Reference Classics: China (DBP, 2005) and is Creel Professor in Early Chinese Studies, East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.