Chinese Book of the Day: The Roots of Wisdom

The Roots of Wisdom (Cai Gen Tan) is part of a series of books that uses ancient Chinese classics and translates and makes them relevant for a modern Chinese audience. The Roots of Wisdom was written in circa 1590 by scholar and philosopher Hong Zicheng. This book eclectically combines elements from the Three teachings (Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism).

This book is in the format:

  • Some of the original text (原文) followed by modern translation (译文) then explanation (注释).

This book is designed for native Chinese speakers but could be used by upper intermediate-advanced learners of Chinese.

ChineseBookstore has an extensive range of books in Chinese; both fiction and non-fiction and many other books from the same series.

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