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T'ai-Shang Kan-Ying P'ien

Treatise of the Exalted One on Response and Retribution

Translated from the Chinese by

Teitaro Suzuki and Dr. Paul Carus

La Salle, Ill. The Open Court Publishing Co.


This work is a key text about Taoist morality and ethics. It is also translated in the Sacred Books of the East, Volume 40 as the Tai Shang Tractate, albeit without the wonderful fables included in this edition. The translators, Paul Carus and Teitaro Suzuki, also have other works at sacred texts: Paul Carus' Buddha, the Gospel, and Buddha, the Word, and Suzukis' Manual of Zen Buddhism.

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Treatise of the Exalted One On Response and Retribution

Moral Injunctions
Blessings of the Good
A Description of Evil-Doers
Punishments for Evil-Doers
A Simile
Good and Evil Spirits
Explanatory Notes

Moral Tales Illustrative of the Kan-ying P'ien

Rays of truth
The Pious Scholar's Good Fortune
Philanthropy Rewarded
The Power of a Good Man's Name
Good Spirits in Attendance
A Ruffian's Reform
The Impious Magistrate
A Visit to Hell
Misuse of Books
Punishment Apportioned to Crime
The Northern Constellation
The Incensed Goddess
The Spirit of the Hearth
The Storm Dragon
The Ants
The Cruel Hunters
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