Scriptures of the World's Religions

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ISBN-13: 9780073535845
Edition: 4th 2012
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List price: $148.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 4/21/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.804

Scriptures of the World's Religions, third edition is an anthology that gathers together many of the world's most influential sacred texts. This leading book includes chapters on the twelve major religious traditions today, plus two additional chapters on indigenous religious practices. With comprehensive introductions in each chapter, the selected writings emphasize the religion's founders, central doctrines, and historical development. The translated texts in this collection are stylistically clear and up-to-date, many of which were translated specifically for this book. The selections vary in length from a few paragraphs to 10 pages. It can be used in a wide range of courses including introduction to religion.

James Fieser is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his B.A. from Berea College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University. He is author, co-author, or editor of ten textbooks, including SOCRATES TO SARTRE AND BEYOND (9/e 2011), ETHICAL THEORY: CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY READINGS (6/e 2010), A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (2003), and MORAL PHILOSOPHY THROUGH THE AGES (2001). He has edited and annotated the ten-volume EARLY RESPONSES TO HUME (2/e 2005) and the five-volume SCOTTISH COMMON SENSE PHILOSOPHY (2000). He is founder and general editor of the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy website (http://www.iep.utm.edu).

Hinduism
Introduction
Vedas
Creation of the universe
Origin of the gods
Indra, the paradigmatic warrior
Prayer to Agni, the god of fire
Burning dead bodies
vThe beneficial effects of drinking soma
Sex and the Yogin
A clever woman
The horse sacrifice
To the fire altar
What is the origin of the world?
Vedanta: the Upanishads and their Commentaries
Yama's instructions to Naciketas
Truth and Trancendence
Sacrifices cannot lead to the ultimate goal
Instructions on renouncing the world
Self-effort and Liberation
Maya
That is you
Qualified non-dualism: Ramanuja's interpretation
Yoga
The meaning of Yoga
Yogic Techniques
Yogic Attainments
Puranas and Epics
The Four Ages
The lingam of Shiva
*The Buddha: A false teacher
*The Power of the Goddess
Rama, a God among Humans
The Bhagavad-Gita: Arjuna's refusal to Fight
*The Life of a Sage
Devotional literature
Praise of the goddess
Prayer for identity with the goddess
Mirabhai's mystical marriage to Krishna
Cheating on her husband
Treatises on Dharma
Actions and their results
The four stages of life
Leaving home life
Duties of the four social classes
How Women should live
Manu's instructions on finding the right mate
Jainism
Introduction
Jaina scriptures
Mahavira, the Ascetic Paradigm omen Cannot Attain Liberation
Women Can Attain Liberation
Bondage and Liberation
The Worthlessness of Possessions, Friends, and Relatives
The Importance of Equanimity
The World is Full of Suffering
Fasting unto Death
There is No Creator God
Excerpts from the Sutra on understanding the meaning of the categories
Buddhism
Introduction
Pali Canon
The Life of the Buddha
The First Sermon
The Buddha's Good Qualities
*The Perfect Man's Perfect Body
Criteria for Assessing Valid Teachings and Teachers
Nirvana
Dependent Arising
Questions That Should Be Avoided
Selflessness
Instructions on meditation
Ordination of Women
The Cessation of Suffering
My Teacher
The Joy of Release
The Buddha's last days and final instructions
The Questions of King Milinda
*How to Avoid Extreme Views
Mahayana Scriptures
The Heart of Perfect Wisdom Sutra
Excerpts from the Diamond Sutra
Why Bodhisattvas are Superior to Hearers
*Why the Bodhisattva Work Alone
On the Differences Between Men and Women
The Lotus Sutra: Parable of the Burning House
Everything is Controlled by the Mind
The Basic Consciousness
Nagarjuna on Emptiness
The Bodhisattva's Vows of Universal Love
Ultimate Reality
Tantric Skills in Means
The Stage of Completion
*Unbounded Action
Women Should be Honored
Samsara and Nirvana Are One
Using Desire to Eradicate Desire
The State of Pure Awareness
The Importance of the Guru
Tibetan Buddhist scriptures
Ultimate Reality
Bardo, The State Between Lives
Milarepa on Meditation
Niguma on Mahamudra
Instructions from Manjushri
The Triple Appearance
Developing the mind of Enlightenment
Chinese and Japanese Buddhist scriptures
Why Buddhism is superior to Taoism and Confucianism
The platform Sutra of the sixth patriarch
Kukai: exoteric and esoteric Buddhism
Dogen's meditation instructions
The mu koan
Pure land: Shinran on Amida's vow
Truth decay: Nichiren on the title of the lotus Sutra
Sikhism
Introduction
Sikh scriptures
Nanak, The First Guru
Guru Nanak's Death
The Mul Mantra: The Basic Statement
Jap: The Meditation
The Divine Name
Meditation on the Name
Nudity Does Not Make One a Saint
Books and Learning are of No Use
External Observances Are of No Use
On Hukam
On Haumai
The True Guru
The Ecstasy of Mystical Union
Guidelines for a Happy Marriage
Formation of the Khalsa
Justification for Use of Force
God, The Sword Supreme
Confucianism
Introduction
Confucian Scriptures
Sima Qian's Account of Confucius's Life [Shiji selections]
The Book of History [Shujing selections]
Confucius: Selections from the Analects [Lunyu selections]
The Great Learning [Daxue]
The Doctrine of the Mean [Zongyong]
The Life of Mencius [Shiji selections]
Selections from the Mencius [Mangzi selections]
Xanzi: The Nature of Human Beings is Evil [Xunzi, III.150-151]
Yang Xiong: Human Nature is a Mixture of Good and Evil [Fu yan 3.1a-b]
Han Yu: Attack on Buddhism and Taoism [Changli Xiansheng wenji, 39.2b-42]
Zhou Dunyo: The Great Ultimate [Taiji Tushuo, ch. 1]
Zhu Xi: Nature and Humanity [Zhuziwenji selections]
Wang Yangming: The Meaning of the Great Learning [Inquiry on the Great
Learning, ch. 1]
Daoism
Introduction
Daoist Scriptures
A Brief Account of Laozi's Life [Shiji, p. 63.2142]
Laozi Instructs Confucius [Shiji, p. 63.2139]
Laozi Converts Barbarians [Huahujing, p. 1266b]
Laozi Becomes an Immortal [Xishengjing selections]
Laozi: The Daodejing [Daodejing selections]
Wang Bi: Commentary on the Daodejing [Laozi 1.1.1a]
Visualizing the Dao [Laozi Daodejing xuzhai]
The Dao of Immortality [Laozi Daodejing xuzhai]
Purity and Tranquility [Qingjingjing]
Zhuangzi's Life and Work [Shiji 63.2144]
The Dao is in Everything [Zhuangzi, ch. 22]
The Value of Knowing Dao [Zhuangzi, ch. 17]
The Pitfalls of Words and Concepts [Zhuangzi, ch. 2]
The Value of Unlearning [Zhuangzi zhu 8.39a]
The Sage is Godlike [Zhuangzi, ch. 2]
Dreams and Reality [Zhuangzi, ch. 2]
Worldly Fame is Like a Dead Rat [Zhuangzi, ch. 17]
Simplicity and Naturalness [Zhuangzi, ch. 2]
The True Man [Zhuangzi, ch. 6]
What the Sage Knows [Zhuangzi, ch. 17]
vA Person Without Feelings [Zhuangzi, ch. 5]
vAn Old Useless Tre [Zhuangzi, ch. 4]
Dragging His Tail in the Mud [Zhuangzi, ch. 17]
Zhuangzi's Wife Died [Zhuangzi, ch. 18]
The Lady of Great Mystery [Biographies of Spirit Immortals, "The Lady of Great Mystery"]
Sun Bu'er: Immortality Practices for Women [Cultivating the Elixir; from
Immortal Sisters]
Sexual Techniques for Men [Yufang Bizhui, "Sexual Instruction of the
Master of Pure Harmony," 636]
Sexual Techniques for Women [Yufang Bizhui 635]
The Great Man [Darenxian heng, ch. 1]
The Value of Drunkenness [Jiu desong 47]
Transcending the World [Zhuang]
The Music of Dao [Xishengjing selections]
Shinto
Introduction
Shinto Scriptures
Birth of the Kami of sun and moon
The birth of great Kami
The creation of Japan
Izanagi visits Izanami in the netherworld
Ameterasu hides in a cave
The Shrine at Ise
Why Japan is special
Protecting the stability of the country
Prince Shotoku's proclamation on veneration of kami
Festival of the gates
Prayer to Ameterasu during the festival of the sixth month
Prayer for moving the shrine of Ise
Mount Fuji

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