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A Chinese Garden of Serenity: Reflections of a Zen Buddhist
"Ming China (1368-1644), a time of political intrigue and financial upheaval, was also a time of astounding accomplishments in art and literature. In 1403, when Gutenberg was seven years old, the Ming encyclopedia, Yongle Dadian (Yung Lo Ta Tien) was begun. Completed five years later, it comprised 22,937 volumes! And around 1590, when Shakespeare finished Henry VI and Edmu ...more
Hardcover, 60 pages
Published June 1959 by Peter Pauper
(first published 1590)
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Jul 05, 2013 Yann rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
洪自誠 (Hong Zicheng) est un chinois ayant vécu à la fin du seizième, début du dix-septième siècle. Cet ouvrage, 菜根譚 Càigēntán, ou propos sur la racine des légumes, comprend deux livres contenant chacun plus d'une centaine d'aphorismes. Souvent construits sur des parallèles et des changements de points de vue, ils expriment le plus souvent la recherche d'un juste milieu entre deux attitudes extrêmes, ce qui n'est pas sans rappeler l'esprit de l'éthique à Nicomaque d'Aristote.
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A somewhat too cautious and too pessimistic vision of society, which stemmed undoubtably from the uncertain and prolonged, perhaps even permanently so, difficult times when the secretive Hong Zicheng lived. A book of a wise man, almost as wise as my maternal grandmother, who, with her family survived the end of the civil war, the Holodomor famine, purges, forcible scattering of the family and friends, total war of the WW2, the postwar reconstruction and the lack of recognition or perspective for ...more
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