||From Peking to Mandalay
Reginald Fleming Johnston
This fascinating journey details the local traditions and characteristics of a China that has since disappeared. With tales of the mystic temples and monasteries, stories of a 1000 year old monk, and areas not yet open to the modern railway or airplane, Johnston’s writings could easily have been the inspiration for James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.
His journey up-stream, past Ichang, is, of course, well known ; at Wan-hsien the great river was abandoned, the hardy boatsmen paid off, and the land journey to Chengtu-fu commenced. At Chengtu-fu and elsewhere light was shed on some of Mr. E. C. Baber’s researches, not the least interesting points referred to being the temples and the prehistoric cave dwellings of Chiating, and the wonderful fascination of Mount Omei the highest precipice in the world, with its strange atmospheric phenomenon of a gleaming aureole, the “Glory of Buddha.” At Ta-chien-lu the author had to carefully consider his further route, and eventually, after encounter¬ing great opposition from the local authorities, decided to diverge from the Batang road and explore the Yalong valley and the mountainous road south-west of Ta-chienlu. Along this section of the route his only predecessors had been M. Bonin and Mr. Amundsen.
The inhabitants of these parts seem all Tibetan, for between Cheto and Likiang in Yunnan-about a month’s journey-the author did not meet a single Chinese, even the language being entirely unknown. At Muli, which looks strangely like a bit of the Austrian Tyrol, Captain H. R. Davies’s route was struck, and European associations were further called up by the excellent chanting of the monks in the lamasery, which reminded Mr. Johnston of Palestrina. A little further south the remarkably acute bend of the Yangtze was reached, a geographical feature only revealed to science within the last ten years.
His familiarity with Chinese, and careful study of ethnological and other questions, and of the native literature, invest his notes with special value, which would hardly attach to the researches of an ordinary traveller, while his concluding chapter contains some exceedingly well-weighed and instructive reflections on the relations between China and Western nations.
||The Moon Year
A Record Of Chinese Customs and Festivals
Julliet Bredon and Igor Mitrophanow
The Moon Year is a facinating recording the mysterious and somewhat elusive traditions of the Chinese. Juliet Bredon and Igor Mitrophanow trace their way through the intimate life of Chinese religion, superstitions, philosophies, customs, and society. Only after a year’s residence in China are the authors able to gather an intimate perspective on this age-old civilization that has withstood the test of time.
Bredon and Mitrophanow unravel some of the puzzles that surround this fascinating culture, through detailed description of the everyday beliefs of the Chinese people and the festivals of their ‘Moon Calendar,’ used as a diary of daily happenings.
As the original printing of this book was in 1927, many of these rites may no longer exist, further emphasizing the importance of Bredon and Mitrophanow’s work. Much of the material for The Moon Year was gathered first-hand from people they met along their journey, as well as from rare Chinese books and texts, resulting in a refreshingly honest exploration of a great civilization.
||Peking – A Historical and Intimate Description
of its Chief Places of Interest
Step back in time to Beijing as it was in the 1920’s as Juliet Bredon guides the reader to a magnificent time of the past. The more one studies this fascinating city, old, proud and secretive, the more one realises the tantalizing difficulties of learning, even from the Chinese themselves, anything but the merest outline of its history and monuments, many of which are in existence today.
Who can forget the soft enchantment of Buddhist temples, the green peace of tombs haunted by fearless things, “doves that flutter down at call, fishes rising to be fed?” Having lived in Peking Juliet can truly say that the more intimately the scenes of Peking become known, the more deeply they are engraved on the affections.
From the Forbidden City to the Summer Palace, the Ming tombs, the Western Hills, and the Great Wall, Juliet Bredon provides a fascinating guide to the Peking of 1931, with a fascinating history told of this once walled city.
||Confucianism in Modern China
Reginald Fleming Johnston
“In these lectures I will endeavour to justify the faith that is in me and to explain the grounds on which I base my belief that Confucianism is still a living force among the Chinese people and has a message of great value for the China of the present and future and provide and answer to the question “What is Confucianism? If we wish to form an adequate idea of Confucianism we must make an effort to look at it from within, and to approximate as closely as possible to the standpoint of those who are themselves among the loyal guardians of the great Confucian heritage.” –
Reginald Fleming Johnston. Johnston provides a unique insight in outlining the fourteen Confucian texts and describes the challenges that Confucianism was to face during the revolutionary times of the early 1900’s. While written almost one hundred years ago, this book provides the reader with valuable insight into a significant aspect of Chinese culture.
Reginald Fleming Johnston
Written in 1913, this book provides a historical perspective on Buddism in China as well as detailed descriptions of legends of the past, the temples in existence in the early 1900’s, and a remarkable sense of insight into the revolutionary times and the impact on Buddhist. Johnston writes dearly of his times in China.
The early chapters of this book deal with the origin and development of some characteristic features of Mahayana Buddhism, especially in respect of the forms assumed by that branch of the Buddhist system in its Chinese environment. The sixth and seventh chapters are concerned with religious pilgrimages in China, and with those sacred mountains which are the homes of Chinese monasticism arid the radiating centres of Buddhist influence. Of these favoured seats of religious activity, the six last chapters contain detailed accounts of two which are taken as typical namely, the holy mountain of Chiu-hua, in the province of Anhui, and the holy island of Puto (Pootoo), off the coast of Chehkiang.
The author is glad to record his grateful appreciation of the unvarying courtesy and hospitality extended to him by the abbots and monks in whose romantic mountain-homes he has spent the happiest days of his fifteen years sojourn in China. Whatever may be the ultimate fate of Buddhism, he earnestly hopes that neither his kindly hosts nor their successors will ever be driven away from the quiet hermitages which they so justly love; and that it may continue to be China’s glory and privilege to provide, amid the forests and crags and waterfalls of her cloistral mountains, homes or resting-places for all pilgrims to the shrines of truth and beauty.
||Twilight in the Forbidden City (Illustrated and revised 4th edition)
Reginald Fleming Johnston
488 pages with previously unpublished bonus chapter.
As the British-born Tutor to the Dragon Emperor, Johnston was the only foreigner in history to be allowed inside the inner court of the Qing Dynasty. Johnston carried high imperial titles and lived in both the Forbidden City and the New Summer Palace. Twilight in the Forbidden City reflects his eyewitness accounts of the memorable events of the time. He provides an first hand account of daily life in the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and gives many detailed descriptions of ceremonies including Pu-yi’s wedding.
Johnston provides a good deal of anecdotal material for the last days of the Ch’ing Dynasty court before the 1911 Revolution He knew many of the active players in those events, and of historical significance are his observations on the Ch’ing court’s political structure, and in particular the Nei Wu Fu or Imperial Household Department. If you are planning to travel to China, or want to understand China better, then this book is a must read as it provides an eyewitness account of the events of period! A ‘must read’ for anyone interested in China! As the British-born Tutor to the Dragon Emperor, Johnston was the only foreigner in history to be allowed inside the inner court of the Qing Dynasty. J
Johnston carried high imperial titles and lived in both the Forbidden City and the New Summer Palace. Twilight in the Forbidden City reflects his eyewitness accounts of the memorable events of the time. He provides an first hand account of daily life in the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and gives many detailed descriptions of ceremonies including Pu-yi’s wedding. Johnston provides a good deal of anecdotal material for the last days of the Ch’ing Dynasty court before the 1911 Revolution He knew many of the active players in those events, and of historical significance are his observations on the Ch’ing court’s political structure, and in particular the Nei Wu Fu or Imperial Household Department.
If you are planning to travel to China, or want to understand China better, then this book is a must read as it provides an eyewitness account of the events of period! A ‘must read’ for anyone interested in China!
||The Chinese Drama
Reginald Fleming JohnstonISBN-13: 978-1481220675
38 pages with color illustrations
This authoritive study of Chinese Drama has been long overdue. Johnson removes popular fallacies such as the idea that Chinese plays are long enough to last many hours or even days. Johnston gives an illuminating historical outline and traces the development of the drama down to the present day. Johnston’s work is a sure sign that intellectual circles are asking questions and showing interest in the origin of Chinese theater, its historical development, current status and its future. This interest will probably only grow to the great benefit of an art so well for the Chinese genius and his taste for dramatic representation.
||The Mirror of Simple Souls
This edition of The Mirror of the Simple Soul was originally published in 1927. At that time the author of the manuscript was unknown. It has since been attributed to Marguerite Porete, a French mystic. She was burnt at the stake for heresy in Paris in 1310 after a lengthy trial, after refusing to remove her book from circulation or recant her views.
The book is cited as one the primary texts of the medieval Heresy of the Free Spirit. Porete’s life is recorded only in accounts of her trial for heresy, at which she was condemned to be burnt at the stake. She is associated with the Beguine movement, and was therefore able to travel fairly freely. Until 1946, it was not even known that she was the writer of the Mirror, which had been published anonymously since her death.
The title of Porete’s book refers to the simple soul which is united with God and has no will other than His. Porete’s vision of the Soul is of ecstatic union with God, moving in a state of perpetual joy and peace. Porete argues that the Soul in such a sublime state is above the demands of ordinary virtue, not because virtue is not needed but because in its state of union with God virtue becomes automatic. As God can do no evil and cannot sin, the exalted/Annihilated soul, in perfect union with Him, no longer is capable of evil or sin.
||Prayers and Meditations for Daily Inspiration
A worldy multi-faith collection to calm the mind and lift your spirit.
Mark Linden O’Meara
Do you often feel stressed by the reality of life, its daily demands and challenges? Do you feel the need to relax but haven’t been able to make time for yourself or to meditate? Experience uplifting benefits in just seconds with this collection of beautifully written calming prayers and centering meditations, carefully selected from many different faiths, inspirational writers and sources of wisdom. Open this book and select any page to find comfort and relaxation while deepening your connection with Divinity. Keep this book nearby for instant moments of calm and stillness.
A strong choice for any religious or spiritual reader
Life is a constantly changing thing, and prayer is what some use to stay sane. “Powerful Prayers for Everyday Living: A Diverse Collection of Prayers Offering Hope, Happiness, and Wisdom” is a collection of daily prayers and proverbs to be spread out to when readers need them the most to deal with the harshness and cruelty of life. The words within are moving, giving readers much to appreciate and hold dear, making “Powerful Prayers for Everyday Living” a strong choice for any religious or spiritual reader. – Midwest Book Review.
Profound Quiet Moments
This book provides profound quiet moments that each person needs to have to ground themselves and then move forward in their day. –Dr. C.D. Condon
“This book is an outstanding collection of contemplative prayer with timeless poetry. An important addition to anyone’s library.” —Theresa Pugh, Arias Press
A calming, kind collection of special prayers
This book brings me calm everyday. I open up the book and read a prayer. Mark has done a wonderful job of collecting prayers and has written some beautiful ones himself. Get this book now and start enjoying these peaceful, calm and kind prayers that show we are all singing the same song! – E.W
Regenerate stressed cells!
The book is an amazing collection of different prayers. Prayer is a very common ritual in India. It is a part of life like any other activity everyday.
Marks book of prayers is an invisible emanation of man’s spirit which is the the most powerful form of energy generated.The influence of prayer on the human mind is as demonstrable as that of secreting glands.It is the only power in the world that seems to overcome the so-called laws of nature. I would recommend everybody to get this amazing book and use it everyday to regenerate the stressed cells in our bodies.Just open any page when you are feeling stuck,starting your day or wanting to relax after a whole day to fill yourself with positivity and thankfulness. – Bhavna Solecki.(B.A.RST), Holistic Programme Creator.