The Penguin Book of Zen Poetry – Lucien Stryk

Rating: ★★★★ 06/04/19  Taking hold, one’s astray in nothingness; Letting go, the Origin’s regained. Since the music stopped, no shadow’s touched My door: again the village moon’s above the river. —Kokai (1403-1469) This anthology consists of four parts: Chinese poems of enlightenment and death, Poems of the Japanese Zen masters, Japanese haiku and selected poetry by … More The Penguin Book of Zen Poetry – Lucien Stryk

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu, Ellen M. Chen (Translator/Commentary)

Rating: ★★★★ 18/08/18  Concatenated thoughts. Review #1 ✓ – #2 They come to be and he claims no possession of them, He works without holding on, Accomplishes without claiming merit. Because he does not claim merit, His merit does not go away. The Tao Te Ching is a classical text credited to Chinese philosopher and writer Lao … More Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu, Ellen M. Chen (Translator/Commentary)

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell (Translator)

Rating: ★★★ 18/08/18 Concatenated thoughts. Review #1 – #2 ✓    Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go. She has but doesn’t possess, acts but doesn’t expect. The Tao Te Ching is a classical text credited to Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu (6th century) and on which Taoism is … More Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell (Translator)

On The Shortness Of Life: De Brevitate Vitae – Seneca

Rating: ★★★★ 24/12/17 The problem, Paulinus, is not that we have a short life, but that we waste time. Life is long and there is enough of it for satisfying personal accomplishments if we use our hours well.But when time is squandered in the pursuit of pleasure or vain idleness, when it is spent with no … More On The Shortness Of Life: De Brevitate Vitae – Seneca

El banquero anarquista – Fernando Pessoa

Rating: ★★★★ 16/11/13? *An old review I forgot to post. Encontré a Pessoa por El libro del Desasosiego. Como todavía no llegó, quise empezar a conocer a este autor (sobre el cual he leído varias opiniones y me interesó mucho) y di con Un Banquero Anarquista, que trata sobre una conversación entre dos amigos; uno de … More El banquero anarquista – Fernando Pessoa

On the Heights of Despair – Emil Cioran

Rating: ★★★ 18/02/17 How does one become a pessimist? By reading your book, pal. You made Schopenhauer look like one of the Teletubbies. It was a fortunate thing that I didn’t read this during my impressionable adolescence. I still can’t rate it I think a 3-star rating is a good compromise. Many quotes that pulled on my heartstrings, … More On the Heights of Despair – Emil Cioran

On Sleep and Sleeplessness – Aristotle

Rating: ★★★ 13/03/16   Philosophy Made Easy   Introduction I have always had trouble with sleep. Thoughts are unmanageable, always, but especially at night. I don’t like waking up early (of course, that is what the office expects of me). I hate it, actually. Pure, unadulterated hatred. But I’ll definitely be up at 6 o’clock on a … More On Sleep and Sleeplessness – Aristotle