Awakening An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought

ISBN-10: 0205739091
ISBN-13: 9780205739097
Edition: 4th 2010
List price: $92.60
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Description: Ideal for readers with little or no previous knowledge of the subject, this book provides an exceptionally complete overview of the historical development of the major Eastern traditions of religious and philosophical thought (in India, China, and  More...

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List price: $92.60
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 11/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Ideal for readers with little or no previous knowledge of the subject, this book provides an exceptionally complete overview of the historical development of the major Eastern traditions of religious and philosophical thought (in India, China, and Japan.). The book uses an engaging style that is filled with anecdotes, analogies, definitions, comparisons, and supporting quotes from primary and secondary sources. It guides learners in recognizing the interrelationships that exist among the various systems, appreciating the relevance of these traditions to the concerns of modern times, and understanding the major issues of interpretation regarding these systems.The traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism are broad umbrellas that include a number of specific schools, each of which is treated individually. Other schoolssuch as Confucianism, Daoism, and Shintoare brought into the story at the appropriate place. Owing to the current high degree of interest in the subject, the historical development of Zen Buddhism receives a bit more attention that the other traditions.For anyone new to the study, and excited by the idea, of Eastern thought.

Hinduism and Related Traditions of South Asia
India Before the Vedas
The Lay of the Land
South Asia Before the Vedic Age
The Theory of Indo-Aryan Migrations
Varna: The Caste System
The Brahmin Caste
Study Questions
Veda and the Vedas
Yajna: The Vedic Sacrifice
The Vedic Pantheon
An Overview of Vedic Cosmology
Study Questions
Introduction to the Upanishads
The Sannyasin Tradition
Key Elements of the Upanishads
An Overviews of Vedanta Cosmology
Study Questions
The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata
The Opening Scene
The Bhagavad Gita as Metaphor
The Awakened Person
Karma Yoga
Raja Yoga
Bhakti Yoga
Study Questions
Darshana
The Orthodox Darshanas
The Heterodox Darshanas
Study Questions
The Devotional Movement
The Trimurti
Ramanuja
The Hindu Temple
Study Questions
A Millennium of Strife
The Muslim Era
The Modern Era
Study Questions
Shakyamuni Buddha and the Early Development of Buddhism
The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha
The Palace Youth
The Sadhu Years
The Awakening
The Teaching Years
Study Questions
Basic Teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha
The Doctrine of Anatman
The Four Noble Truths
The Noble Eightfold Path
Study Questions
Theravada Buddhism
The Early Centuries
Ashoka
Theravada Buddhism
Study Questions
Mahayana Buddhism
Diversity and Religious Elements in Mahayana
The Nature of Buddha
Madhyamaka
Yogacara
The Bodhisattva
Artistic Expression in Early Mahayana
Study Questions
Non-Buddhist Traditions of East Asia
Confucius and Confucianism
Confucius
Mencius
Other Voices from the Period of Hundred Philosophers
Later Developments in the Evolution of Confucianism
Study Questions
Daoism
The Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching)
Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu)
Religious Daoism
Study Questions
Shinto
The Shinto Creation Story
The Shinto Shrine and Festival
Historical Development of Shinto
Study Questions
Buddhism in China and Japan
Early Buddhism in China
Buddhism in the Tarim Basin
Tiantai Buddhism
Huayan Buddhism (Hua-Yen)
Pure Land Buddhism
Persecution and Recovery
Study Questions
Tibetan Buddhism
The Establishment of Buddhism in Tibet
The General Character of Buddhism in Tibet
A Historical Overview of Buddhism in Tibet
The First Period: The Era of the Yarlung Empire
The Second Period: The Sakya Era
The Third Period: The Era of the Dalai Lama
Study Questions
Chan Buddhism
Bodhidhama
Huineng (Hui-Neng)
After Huineng
Study Questions
Zen Buddhism
Japan Before Zen
Rinzai and Soto Zen
The Zen Monastery
Zen and the Arts
Study Questions
Works Cited
Index

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