Master of the Three Ways: Reflections of a Chinese Sage on Living a Satisfying Life

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At once profound, spiritual, and witty, Master of the Three Ways is a remarkable work about human nature, the essence of life, and how to live simply and with awareness. In three hundred and fifty-seven verses, the author, Hung Ying-ming—a seventeenth-century Chinese sage—explores good and evil, honesty and deception, wisdom and foolishness, and heaven and hell. He draws from the wisdom of the “Three Creeds”—Taoism, Confucianism, and Zen Buddhism—to impress upon us that by combining simple elegance with the ordinary, we can make our lives artistic and poetic. This sense, along with a particular understanding of Zen that makes art from the simple in everyday life, has permeated Chinese and Japanese culture to this day.

The work is divided into two books. The first generally deals with the art of living in society and the second is concerned with man's solitude and contemplations of nature. These themes repeatedly spill over into each other, creating multiple levels of meaning.

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WILLIAM SCOTT WILSON is the renowned translator of many bestselling classics from Kodansha, including Hagakure, The Book of Five Rings and, most recently, Yojokun. He is also the author of The Lone Samurai.

HUNG YING-MING was an enigmatic figure who flourished in the late 16th century. Speculation suggests that he was a scholar-official in China at the time he wrote this book.

BILL PORTER (aka RED PINE) is the author of Zen Baggage and Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits; and has published acclaimed translations of the Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra.

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