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Taiga?s True Views: The Language of Landscape Painting in Eighteenth-Century Japan by Melinda Takeuchi (1994-06-01)
Melinda Takeuchi
The History of England, Vol 2
David Hume
The History of Scepticism: From Savonarola to Bayle
Richard H. Popkin
Cicero: On Moral Ends (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Raphael Woolf, Julia Annas
Das Goldene Vlies: Dramatisches Gedicht in Drei Abteilungen
Franz Grillparzer
Euripides IV: Rhesus / The Suppliant Women / Orestes / Iphigenia in Aulis
Charles R. Walker, Frank William Jones, William Arrowsmith, David Grene, Euripides, Richmond Lattimore
Notes from Underground & The Double
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jesse Coulson
The World of Thought in Ancient China
Benjamin I. Schwartz
The Last Generation of the Roman Republic
Erich S. Gruen
The Legend of Gold and Other Stories
William J. Tyler, Jun Ishikawa, Ishikawa Jun
Complete Enlightenment Zen Comments to the Sutra of Complete Enlightenment - Shengyan

This book contains an English translation of the ancient Chinese translation from the Sanskrit by Buddhatrata in 693 of the Sutra of Complete Enlightenment, an important text in Mahayana Buddhism. Approximately 4/5 of the book consists of a commentary on the sutra by the Ch'an master Sheng-yen. To be completely honest, I found the sutra itself to reek of church scholasticism and the, to my mind, totally unnecessary and enormously complicated metaphysics typical of a certain kind of Indian thinking. However, the commentary is beautifully to the point and concrete. This, I find, is typical of a certain kind of Chinese thinking. :) One star for the sutra, 5 stars for the commentary!