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Although my library consists mainly of books on Daoism, there are many other Eastern philosophies which provide inspiration.

Buddhism originated in India and then traveled to China, where it became a religion that has been followed to this day by many Chinese people. Up until the time of Mao Tse Tung, Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism were taught together in the public schools of China.

Zen originated in Japan, and it's considered to be a combination of Daoism and Buddhism.

Yoga had its origin in India, and it's believed that the major text of Yoga - The Bhagavad Gita was written long before any other known book in the world. Although Yoga has been thought of as a physical practice in the West, the philosophy of Yoga entails much more than the physical asanas.

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The following is only a list of books in my library. There are links below each book to pages where you can find more information on the book and purchase it if desired.




BUDDHISM and ZEN

Dhammapada
Translated from the Pali by P. Lal
I picked up my copy of Lal's Dhammapada in 1969, and I can see that there are many other translations available of the Dhammapada now. The Dhammapada is considered to be the complete teachings of Buddah.
Dhammapada at Barnes and Noble
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Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
Compiled by Paul Reps
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones at Barnes and Noble
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Zen Flesh, Zen Bones at Amazon

Understanding Zen
By Benjamin Radcliff and Amy Radcliff
Understanding Zen at Barnes and Noble
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Understanding Zen at Amazon

Everyday Zen: Love & Work
By Charlotte Joko Beck
Everyday Zen: Love & Work at Barnes and Noble
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Everyday Zen: Love & Work at Amazon

Nothing Special: Living Zen
By Charlotte Joko Beck
Nothing Special: Living Zen at Barnes and Noble
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Nothing Special: Living Zen at Amazon

The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
By Pema Chodron
The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times at Barnes and Noble
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The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times at Amazon

Remember, Be Here Now
By Baba Ram Das
Remember, Be Here Now at Amazon




YOGA

The Bhagavad Gita is to Yoga what the Dao De Jing is to Daoism. There are many English translations of it, each with their own spin. If you're interested in reading the Bhagavad Gita, my advice would be to search through the various translations until you find one that speaks to your heart.

I have two translations:
Bhagavad Gita or the Message of the Master
by Yogi Ramacharaka
Bhagavad Gita or the Message of the Master at Barnes and Noble
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Bhagavad Gita or the Message of the Master at Amazon

Bhagavad-Gita As It Is
by Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta
Bhagavad-Gita As It Is at Barnes and Noble
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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is at Amazon

The Patanjali is is an extremely old text, and it's been said "Pantajali to Yoga is like Buddha to Buddhism". As with the Bhagavad Gita, there are many English translations of the words of Patanjali.

The version I have is:
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
by Charles Johnston
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali at Barnes and Noble
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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali at Amazon

Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda
Autobiography of a Yogi at Barnes and Noble
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Autobiography of a Yogi at Amazon

The Complete Illustrated Book Of Yoga
by Swami Vishnudevananda
The Complete Illustrated Book Of Yoga at Barnes and Noble
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The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga at Amazon

The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep at Barnes and Noble
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The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep at Amazon

Integral Yoga: A Concept of Harmonious and Creative Living
by Haridas Chaudhuri
This book is a MUST-READ for anyone who is interested in Yoga.
It can be purchased (used) from Barnes and Noble or Amazon at the links below, but it would be best to order it directly from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
You can check out their website at:
California Institute of Integral Studies
Integral Yoga: A Concept of Harmonious and Creative Living at Barnes and Noble
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Integral Yoga: A Concept of Harmonious and Creative Living at Amazon




J. Krishnamurti

You Are The World
by J. Krishnamurti
You Are The World at Barnes and Noble
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You are the World at Amazon

Life Ahead: On Learning and the Search for Meaning
by J. Krishnamurti
Life Ahead: On Learning and the Search for Meaning at Barnes and Noble
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Life Ahead: On Learning and the Search for Meaning at Amazon

The First and Last Freedom
by J. Krishnamurti - Foreword by Aldous Huxley
The First and Last Freedom at Barnes and Noble
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The First and Last Freedom at Amazon





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