• Food for thought, a feast for the soul...

  • ...a celebration of the spirit.


  • The Vedas
  • Upanishads
  • Mahabharata
  • Bhagavadgita
  • Ramayana of Valmiki
  • Yoga Sutras of Patañjali
  • The Vedanta Sutra with the Commentary of Shankaracharya
  • Kalidasa: Shakuntala, The Cloud Messenger, Origin of the Young God
  • The Little Clay Cart of Shudraka
  • Pancatantra, According to Purnabhadra
  • Sanskrit Lyric Poetry
  • Gitagovinda of Jayadeva
  • Indian Devotional Poetry
  • Indo-Islamic Poetry
  • Poems and Plays of Rabindranath Tagore
  • Autobiography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Texts of Indian Buddhism

  • Theravada Buddhism: The Tipitaka
  • Theravada Buddhism: The Dhammapada
  • Theravada Buddhism: The Milindapanha
  • Theravada Buddhism: The Mahasatipatthana Sutta
  • NAGARJUNA, Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way
  • Mahayana Buddhism: Prajnaparamita
  • Mahayana Buddhism: The Srimaladevisimhanada Sutra
  • Mahayana Buddhism: The Lankavatara Sutra
  • Mahayana Buddhism: The Sukhavativyuha Sutras
  • Mahayana Buddhism: The Bodhicaryavatara of Shantideva


  • The Analects (Lun Yu) or Confucius
  • Mo Tzu
  • Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching
  • Chuang Tzu
  • Mencius (Meng Tzu)
  • The Great Learning (Ta Hsueh)
  • The Mean (Chung Yung)
  • Hsun Tzu
  • Han Fei Tzu
  • Records of the Historian: The Shih chi of Ssu-ma Ch’ien [added in 3rd ed.]
  • Works of Chu Hsi
  • Works of Wang Yang-ming
  • The Water Margin, or All Men Are Brothers (Shui Hu Chuan)
  • Journey to the West, or Monkey (Hsi Yu Chi) by Wu Ch’eng-en
  • The Golden Lotus (Chin P’ing Mei)
  • Dream of the Red Chamber (Hung Lou Meng) by Ts’ao Hsüeh-ch’in
  • Chinese Drama [added in 3rd ed.]
  • The Book of Songs (Ch’u Tz’u) by Ch’u Yüan and other poets
  • Chinese Poets and Poetry

Texts of Chinese Buddhism

  • The Lotus Sutra (Saddharma Pundarika Sutra, or Miao Fa Lien Hua Ching)
  • The Vimalakirtinirdesa Sutra (Wei-mo-chieh so-shuo ching)
  • The Awakening of Faith in Mahayana (Ta-ch’eng ch’i-hsin lun)
  • Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
  • The Record of Lin-chi


  • Manyoshu
  • Court Poetry: The Kokinshu and other Imperial Anthologies
  • Sei Shonagon, The Pillow-Book
  • Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji
  • Kamo no Chomei, An Account of My Hut (Hojoki)
  • Yoshida Kenko, Essays in Idleness (or the Harvest of Leisure)
  • Tale of the Heike
  • The No Plays
  • The Fiction of Ihara Saikaku
  • Matsuo Basho, Narrow Road to the Deep North
  • The Plays of Chikamatsu Manzaemon
  • The Treasury of Loyal Retainers (Chushingura) by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shoraku, and Namiki Senryu

Texts of Japanese Buddhism

  • Writings of Kukai
  • Writings of Buddhist Masters of the Kamakura Period [added in 3rd ed.]
  • Writings of the Zen Master Hakuin
  • Writings of Dogen

**A Guide to Oriental Classics. 3rd ed. Ed. by Wm. Theodore de Bary and Ainslie T. Embree; Third edition edited by Amy Vladeck Heinrich. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989. © 1989 Columbia University Press

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