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Anthology of Asian Scriptures

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ISBN-10: 0534512461

ISBN-13: 9780534512460

Edition: 2001

Authors: Robert E. Van Voorst

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This reader contains some of the most notable and instructive scriptures of the major Asian religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, and Zoroastrianism. It is a comprehensive and pedagogically sound presentation of the sacred literature of the Asia. A clear and consistent organization makes the text easy-to-use and understand. The first chapter examines the general phenomenon of scripture in the world's religions, its nature, use, and place in modern scholarship. Chapter 1 also introduces the reader to the art of reading scripture with practical suggestions, a pronunciation guide for foreign words, and other pedagogical aids. Each subsequent chapter…    
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List price: $124.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/22/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
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…    

Preface
Acknowledgments
Asian Scriptures Among the World's Religions
A Brief History of Scripture Scholarship
The Nature and Definition of Scripture
The Uses of Scripture
Advantages and Disadvantages
Asian Scriptures and Modern Scholarship
Scriptures and the World Wide Web
The Plan of This Book
A Guide to Pronunciation
Suggestions on How to Read Scriptures
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Hinduism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
Teaching
Aditi and the Birth of the Gods (Rig-Veda 10.72)
The Creation Hymn (Rig-Veda 10.129)
Creation from Brahman (Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad 1.4.1-7)
The God Indra (Rig-Veda 2.12)
The God 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)
Organization
The Creation of the Caste System (Rig-Veda 10.90)
The Four Castes (Institutes of Vishnu 2.1-17)
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)
Ritual and Meditation
The Gayatri Mantra (Rig-Veda 3.62.10)
Hymn to Agni (Rig-Veda 1.1)
The Meaning of the Agnihotra Sacrifice (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
Mohandas Gandhi on the Bhagavad-Gita
Two Tamil Poets, Appar and Tukaram
Poems of Mira, a Hindi Female Saint
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Buddhism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
History
The Past Lives of Gotama Buddha (Jataka 190)
The Life of Gotama Buddha (Selections from the Buddhacarita)
The Death of Gotama Buddha (Mahaparinibbana Sutta 6.1-14, 31-35, 45-48)
The Life of Milarepa (The Life of Milarepa 2.7)
Teaching
The Sermon on the Four Noble Truths (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta 1-8)
The Skandhas and the Chain of Causation (Buddhacarita 16.1, 28-50)
The Essence of Buddhism (Heart Sutra)
A Tibetan Commentary on the Heart Sutra (Jewel Light Illuminating the Meaning)
A Description of Nirvana (Milinda-panha 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)
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 (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)
The Merit of Making Images (Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo, 16, no. 694)
Scripture to Guide the Soul After Death (Bardo Thodol 1.1-2)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Jainism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin, Development, and Use
History
The Life of Mahavira (Acaranga Sutra 2.15.6-9, 14, 16-20, 22-25, 27)
Teaching
The World Is Uncreated (Mahapurana 4.16-31, 38-40)
The Causes of Sin (Acaranga Sutra 1.1-2)
Can Women Achieve Liberation? (Strinirvana-pariccheda 2, 4; Sutraprabrita 1.22-26)
The World Is Full of Suffering (Uttaradhyayana Sutra 19.61-67, 71, 74)
The Road to Final Deliverance (Uttaradhyayana Sutra 28)
Organization
The Five Great Vows (Acaranga Sutra 2.15i-v)
Ethics
Ahimsa (Sutrakritanga 1.7.1-9)
Rules for Monastic Life (Uttaradhyayana Sutra 35)
The True Monk (Uttaradhyayana Sutra 15.1-16)
Stories from Jaina Scriptures and Commentary (Avasyakasutra 1.484.11-485.13; 2.200.11-201.12; Mulasuddhiprakarana, 179-180)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Sikhism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
Teaching
Selections from the Japji (1-3, 5-6, 9-10, 12-13, 15, 17-18, 20-22, 25, 28-29, 33, 37-Epilogue)
Remembering God (Gauri Sukhmani, Mahala 5)
Creation of the World (Asa Ki Var, Mahala 1)
Dancing for Krishna (Rag Gurji, Mahala 3)
The Hindu Thread (Asa Ki Var, Mahala 1)
Ethics
Truth Is the Basis of Conduct (Hymns of Guru Nanak)
Prayer for Forgiveness (Rag Bihagra, Mahala 5)
Against the Use of Wine (Rag Bihagra, Mahala 1)
Ritual
Hymn for the Installation of the Guru Granth (Rag Devgandhari, Mahala 5)
A Marriage Hymn (Rag Asa, Mahala 5)
Organization
The Guru (Rag Gauri, Mahala 3)
God's Power in the Sikh Community (Rag Gauri, Mahala 5)
Selections from the Dasam Granth
Guru Gobind Singh's Story (Vichitar Natak, 6)
God as the Holy Sword (Vichitar Natak, 1)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Zoroastrianism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
History
The Call of Zarathushtra (Yasna 29)
A Hymn of Praise to Zarathushtra (Yasht 24:87b-94)
Teaching
Hymn to Ahura and the Purifying Fire (Yasna 36)
Hymn to Ahura Mazda the Creator (Yasna 37:1-5)
The Doctrine of Dualism (Yasna 30)
Ethics
Personal Virtues (Denkard 6.23, 24)
Six Ritual Obligations (Sad Dar 6.1-7)
Ritual
The Place of the Gathas (Yasna 55:1-3)
The Zoroastrian Confession (Yasna 12)
The Four Great Prayers (From the Yasna)
Disposal of the Dead (Vendidad, Fargard 6, section 5, 44-51)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Confucianism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
History
The Character of Confucius (Analects 2.4; 7.1-9, 19-24; 10.1-4, 8-12)
Ethics
The Virtues of the Superior Man (Analects 1.1-4, 6-9, 14; 15.17-23)
Benevolence (Analects 4.1-6)
The Actions of Filiality (Classic of Rites, 10.1, 4, 7, 10-11, 13-15)
The Attitude of Filiality (Analects 2.5-8; 4.18-21; 13.18)
Propriety (Analects 3.3-4, 8-9, 12-15, 17-19)
The Way (Analects 16.2)
The Love of Learning (Analects 17.8-9, 12)
Early Debate over the Goodness of Human Nature (Mencius 6.1.1-4, 6)
The Basis of Good Government (The Great Learning 1-7; 9.1, 3-9)
The Ruler as Example to the People (Analects 2.18-20; 12.11, 17, 19; 13.4-6)
Confidence and Prosperity in Government (Mencius 4.3, 9; 1.6.20-24)
Ritual
Divination (Classic of Changes 1, 47, 54)
Songs for Sacrifice (Classic of Poetry, Shang 1; Kau 7; Minor Odes 10.1, 3; 5)
Music and Morality (Classic of Rites 17.2.10-11, 15-18, 20-21)
Later Developments of Early Themes
Later Debate over Human Nature (Xunzi 3.150-151; Fuyan 3.1a-b)
Attack on Buddhism (Ch'ang-li hsien-sheng wen-chi 39.2b-42)
Advice for Reading Texts (Conversations of Master Chu 4.37-39, 41)
Neoconfucian Ethics (Chang Tsai, The Western Inscription)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Taoism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin, Development, and Use
Teaching
The Nature of the Tao (Tao Te Ching, 1, 6, 25, 34; Chuang-tzu 29)
The World (Tao Te Ching 7, 42, 52)
The Domain of Nothingness (Chuang-tzu, book 7)
Ethics
Nonaction (Chuang-tzu, book 7)
Individual Life in Harmony with the Tao (Tao Te Ching 16, 22, 33, 44)
The Superior Man (Chuang-tzu, book 12)
Government (Tao Te Ching 3, 18, 57, 64)
Great and Small Rulers (Chuang-tzu, book 1)
On Death (Chuang-tzu, book 18)
Reward and Retribution (T'ai-Shang, book 1)
Ritual
Methods of Prolonging Life (Pao-p'u-tzu 15.6b-7a; 19.6b-7a)
The Life and Ascension of Shen Xi (Shenxian zhuan, Daozang jinghua 5.11)
The Relationship of Taoism to Confucianism (Pao-p'u Tzu 7.5a)
A Complete Taoist Scripture (The True Scripture of the Great Emperor)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Shinto
Introduction
The Kojiki
The Nihongi
Selections from the Kojiki and the Nihongi
Preface to the Kojiki
The Creation of Japan (Kojiki, chapters 1-5, 11, 33)
The Shrine at Ise (Nihongi, chapter 5)
Emperor Yuryaku and the Story of the Woman Akawi-ko (Kojiki, chapter 154)
Selections from the Norito
Festival of the Gates (Norito)
Ritual Prayer for Forgiveness and Purification of Government Officials (Norito)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index