Anthology of World Scriptures Eastern Religions

ISBN-10: 0495170607

ISBN-13: 9780495170600

Edition: 2007

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Description: Robert Van Voorst's ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, now in its fifth edition, is the most widely adopted anthology in comparative world religions courses. Now, for the first time, Wadsworth is pleased to offer Van Voorst's ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS. This new volume contains not only all of the scriptural selections from the previous ANTHOLOGY, but also newer textual material for each religion that brings scripture study closer to our own time. For example, the Eastern volume includes readings on Feng Shui, Engaged Buddhism, and the Falun Gong movement. Included in this concise, affordable reader is coverage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto. Van Voorst's characteristic clarity and pedagogical vision make for a student-friendly and scholarly dependable guide to the history, doctrines, ethical systems, structures and rituals of these major Eastern religions.

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List price: $118.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst, Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and former professor of religion at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has written frequently on religious studies in noted journals and reference works. In addition, he has authored numerous books, including six with Cengage Learning: RELG: WORLD, 2nd Edition; READINGS IN CHRISTIANITY, 3rd Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, 8th Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: WESTERN RELIGIONS; and READING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY, now also in a Chinese version. Other books by Van Voorst include BUILDING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK VOCABULARY, 3rd Edition; THE ASCENTS OF JAMES, a recovery and commentary on a second-century Jewish-Christian document; and JESUS OUTSIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT, an examination of traditions about Jesus from ancient classical and Jewish documents, now also in Italian.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Eastern Scripture Among the World's Religions
A Brief History of Scripture Scholarship
The Nature and Definition of Scripture
The Uses of Asian Scripture
Advantages and Disadvantages of Studying Asian Religions Through Their Scriptures
Asian Scriptures and Modern Scholarship
Asian Scriptures and the World Wide Web
The Plan of This Book
Suggestions on How to Read Asian Scriptures
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Hinduism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Use
Origin and Development
Teaching
Aditi and the Birth of the Gods (Rig-Veda 10.72)
Two Philosophical Views of Creation (Rig-Veda 10.129; Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad 1.4.1?7)
The God Indra (Rig-Veda 2.12)
Rudra and Shiva (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 3.1?13). "That You Are" (Chandogya Upanishad 6.1?2, 9?11)
The Goddess as Kali (Markandeya Purana Devi-Mahatmya 7.1-25)
Ethics
Sin and Forgiveness (Rig-Veda 7.86)
The Three Das (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 5.2)
The Way of Asceticism (Mundaka Upanishad 2.1?3 5?8 10?13)
Stages of Life for a Twice-Born Man (Laws of Manu 2.69?74 191?201; 3.1?19; 6.1?9 33?49)
The Life of Women (Laws of Manu 3.55?60; 5.147?165)
Organization
Creation and the Caste System (Rig-Veda 10.90)
The Four Castes (Institutes of Vishnu 2.1?17)
The Outcastes (Laws of Manu 10.51-57)
Ritual and Meditation
The Gayatri Mantra (Rig-Veda 3.62.10)
Devotion to Agni in Prayer and Sacrifice (Rig-Veda 1.1; Agni-Brahmana 1.1?19)
The Puja of a Yogin (Agni Purana)
Soma (Rig-Veda 8.48)
Marriage (Rig-Veda 10.85.20?47)
Cremation (Rig-Veda 10.16)
Charms and Spells (Atharva-Veda 6.20; 7.70; 6.9; 3.16)
Chanting of Om (Chandogya Upanishad 1.1.1?10)
The Practice of Yoga (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 2.8?15)
Selections from the Bhagavad-Gita
Later Developments of Scriptural Themes
Mohandas Gandhi on the Bhagavad-Gita
Two Tamil Poets
Poems of Mira, a Hindi Female Saint
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Suggestions for Further Reading
Buddhism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Use
Origin and Development
History
The Past Lives of Siddhartha Gotama (Jataka 190)
The Life of Siddharta Gotama (Selections from the Buddhacarita)
The Death of the Buddha (Mahaparinibbana Sutta 6.1?12, 31?35, 45?48)
Teaching
The Sermon on the Four Noble Truths (Dhammacakkapparattana Sutta 1?8)
The Skandhas and the Chain of Causation (Buddhacarita 16.1, 28?50)
The Essence of Buddhism (The Heart Sutra)
A Description of Nirvana (Milinda-pandha 4.8.65-66)
A Mahayana View of the Buddha (Saddharma- Pundarika Sutra 2.36; 10.1)
Poems of Early Nuns (Therigatha)
Ethics
Conduct of the Monk (Dhammapada 25.360?382)
Admonition to Laity (Cullavagga Dhammikasutta 18?29)
The Wisdom of the Buddha (Dhammapada 1?20, 157?166)
The Bodhisattva Ideal (Mahavastu)
Organization
Founding of the Order (Mahavagga 1.6.10, 11?16, 27?30, 32, 34, 37)
The Rules of Defeat for Monks and Nuns (Patimokkha Parajika Dhamma 1?4)
Rules Requiring Formal Meetings (Patimokkha Samghadisesa Dhamma 1?13)
The Order of Nuns (Cullavagga 10.1.1?6)
Ritual and Meditation
The Relics of the Buddha (Mahaparinibbana Sutta 6.58?60)
Mindfulness in Meditation (Majjhima-nikaya, Satipatthanasutta 10.1?9)
A Mahayana View of the Merit of Making Images (Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo 16 no. 694)
Tibetan Scripture to Guide the Soul after Death (Bardo Thodol 1.1?2)
A Zen Koan: "What is Extraordinary?" (The Blue Cliff Record 26)
Later Developments of Scriptural Themes
Enlightenment according to a Founder of Tibetan Buddhism (The Life of Milarepa 2.7)
The Main Characteristics of Falun Gong (Li Hongzhi, Zhuan Falun, Lecture 1, Conclusion)
A Contemporary Statement of Buddhist Essentials (Thich Nhat Hanh, Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings) Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Suggestions for Further Reading
Jainism
Introduction
Overview of St
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