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Awakening : An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780132436915

ISBN10:
0132436914
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface vi
PART I Hinduism and Related Indigenous Traditions of South Asia
1(132)
India Before the Vedas
2(16)
The Land of India
2(2)
South Asia Before the Vedic Age
4(2)
The Theory of Indo-Aryan Migrations
6(5)
Varna: The Caste System
11(3)
The Brahmin Caste
14(3)
Study Questions
17(1)
Veda and the Vedas
18(17)
Yagna: The Vedic Sacrifice
19(4)
The Vedic Pantheon
23(7)
An Overview of Vedic Cosmology
30(4)
Study Questions
34(1)
Introduction to the Upanishads
35(23)
The Sanyasin Tradition
36(2)
Key Elements of the Upanishads
38(16)
An Overview of Vedanta Cosmology
54(3)
Study Questions
57(1)
The Bhagavad Gita
58(19)
The Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata
59(5)
The Opening Scene
64(1)
The Bhagavad Gita as Metaphor
65(2)
The Awakened Person
67(4)
Karma Yoga
71(2)
Raja Yoga
73(2)
Bhakti Yoga
75(1)
Study Questions
76(1)
Darshana
77(20)
The Orthodox Darshanas
78(8)
The Heterodox Darshanas
86(10)
Study Questions
96(1)
The Devotional Movement
97(17)
The Trimurti
98(10)
Ramanuja
108(1)
The Hindu Temple
109(4)
Study Questions
113(1)
A Millennium of Strife
114(19)
The Muslim Era
114(9)
The Modern Era
123(7)
Study Questions
130(3)
PART II Buddhism and Related Indigenous Traditions of East Asia
133(256)
The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha
134(20)
The Palace Youth
135(8)
The Sadhu Years
143(2)
The Awakening
145(4)
The Teaching Years
149(4)
Study Questions
153(1)
Basic Teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha
154(30)
The Doctrine of Anatman
157(9)
The Four Noble Truths
166(10)
The Noble Eightfold Path
176(7)
Study Questions
183(1)
Theravada Buddhism
184(13)
The Early Centuries
185(1)
Ashoka
186(5)
Theravada Buddhism
191(5)
Study Questions
196(1)
Mahayana Buddhism
197(27)
Diversity and Religious Elements in Mahayana
202(2)
The Nature of Buddha
204(5)
The Doctrine of Shunyata
209(6)
The Bodhisattva
215(3)
Artistic Expression in Early Mahayana
218(4)
Study Questions
222(2)
Confucius and Confucianism
224(29)
Confucius
227(10)
Mencius
237(3)
Other Voices from the Period of a Hundred Philosophers
240(6)
Later Developments in the Evolution of Confucianism
246(5)
Study Questions
251(2)
Daoism
253(26)
The Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching)
254(11)
Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu)
265(4)
Religious Daoism
269(9)
Study Questions
278(1)
Early Buddhism in China
279(15)
Buddhism in the Takla Makan
280(4)
Tiantai Buddhism (T'ien-t'ai)
284(1)
Huayan Buddhism (Hua-yen)
285(1)
Pure Land Buddhism
286(5)
Persecution and Recovery
291(2)
Study Questions
293(1)
Chan Buddhism
294(41)
Introduction
294(4)
Bodhidharma
298(10)
Huineng (Hui-Neng)
308(10)
After Huineng
318(15)
Study Questions
333(2)
Shinto
335(13)
The Shinto Creation Story
337(2)
The Shinto Shrine and Festival
339(4)
Historical Development of Shinto
343(4)
Study Questions
347(1)
Zen Buddhism
348(41)
Japan Before Zen
348(4)
Rinzai and Soto Zen
352(12)
The Zen Monastery
364(14)
Zen and the Arts
378(9)
Study Questions
387(2)
Works Cited 389(2)
Index 391


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