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By Wei Wu Wei

These thirty-four strong essays, in keeping with Taoist and Buddhist proposal, represent a consultant to what the writer calls “non-volitional living”—the historic realizing that our efforts to understand our real nature are futile. Wei Wu Wei explains those venerable religious traditions within the context of recent event, utilizing wit and significant precision to exhibit their profound perception into the very nature of life. This crucial Zen Buddhist vintage, reissued after many years of unavailability, completes the gathering of 8 volumes via the masterful, elusive Wei Wu Wei

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The existence of these two groups, with their vastly different social and cultural histories, makes it difficult to make sweeping generalizations about Chinese Islam. Frankel surveys how these communities came into existence and examines their status today, especially in relation to the national government of the People’s Republic. In the cases of Islam and Christianity in particular, “identity politics” comes to the fore, in a way that is much more pronounced than it ever was in respect to the traditional three religions of China.

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Confucius believed that an ideal society had once existed, under the leadership of the Duke of Zhou centuries before. He admired the Duke of Zhou so much that he dreamt of him, and he claimed that all of his ideas were firmly rooted in the past: The Master said: “I transmit but do not create. ” (Lunyu 7:1) Li The model or analogy for all of Confucius’ major teachings is li (ritual), specifically the court sacrifices and ceremonies of the early Zhou. The character for li is illustrative of its meaning: on the left is an altar-shaped form common to all characters having to do with “religion,” and on the right is a stand supporting a bowl half filled with rice, in which two sticks of incense have been placed.

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