Eastern Classics Reading Lists

The selected texts below may not include every text on the current reading list. Prospective students can request a detailed reading list using this form.

Selected Texts

Confucius Analects

Mo Tzu Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu

Mencius Books

Hsun Tzu Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu

Chuang Tzu The Book of Chuang Tzu

Lao Tzu The Way of Lao Tzu

Han Fei Tzu Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu

The Rig Veda

“Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad”

“Kaṭha Upaniṣad”

“Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad”

“The Nyāya Sūtra”

“The Vaiśeṣika Sūtra”

“The Padārthadharmasaṁgraha”


“The Yoga Philosophy of Patañjali”

The Bhagavadgītā in the Mahābhārata

Kālidāsa Kumārasaṃbhava, Śhakuntalā

“The Dhvanyāloka of Ānandavardhana with the Locana of Abhinavagupta”

“Pūrva Mīmāṁsā”


“Discourses on the Noble Quest,” “Discourse to Kālāmas,” “The Greater Discourse on Cause”

“The Greater Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness,” “The Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving,” “Discourse of the Honeyball”

“Short Discourses from the Saṃyutta Nikāya,” “The Shorter Discourse to Māluṅkyaputta,” “Discourse on the Parable of the Water Snake,” “Discourse to Vacchagotta on Fire”

“Discourse to Prince Abhaya,” “Discourse to Poṭṭhapāda,” “Discourse on the Threefold Knowledge”

“Discourse to Assalāyana,” “The Lion’s Roaron the Wheel-Turning Monarch,” “Discourse to the Layman Sigāla”

The Lotus Sutra

Nāgārjuna Mūlamadhyamakakārikā of Nāgārjuna: The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way

The Tale of the Heike

Kūkai “The Difference Between Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism”, “Attaining Enlightenment in This Very Existence”, “The Meanings of Sound, Word, and Reality”, Major Works

Sei Shōnagon The Pillow Book

Kamo no Chōmei “Hōjōki or the Record of the Ten-Foot Square Hut”

Dōgen “Bendōwa”, “Genjōkōan”, “Uji”


Bashō “Journey of Bleached Bones in a Field,” “Kashima Journal,” “Knapsack Notebook, “Sarashina Journal,” “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”



Preceptorials remain the same each fall. Sima Qian’s The Records of the Grand Historian is the preceptorial for the first eight weeks, and the Mahabharata is the preceptorial for the second eight weeks.


The spring provides the opportunity for students to choose between many options. Spring preceptorials will be announced in December.


The summer preceptorial remains the same each year. Students read the Japanese novel The Tale of Genji over the course of the 8-week summer session.