9780062508119

Worlds Religions : Our Great Wisdom Traditions

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  • ISBN13:

    9780062508119

  • ISBN10:

    0062508113

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/13/1991
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

Originally titled The Religions of Man, this completely revised and updated edition of Smith's masterpiece, now with an engaging new foreword, explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and the native traditions of the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Oceania. Emphasizing the inner -- rather than institutional -- dimensions of these religions, Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the teachings of Jesus. He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.

Table of Contents

Welcome! 3(1)
Acknowledgments 4(1)
Introduction
5(2)
Hinduism and Human Wants
7(2)
Four Paths to the Infinite
9(2)
Life's Stages and Hierarchies
11(2)
The Worlds and Paths of Hinduism
13(2)
The Buddha, His Experience and His Backgrounds
15(2)
The Core of Buddha's Teachings
17(2)
Basic Concepts and Principal Traditions
19(2)
The Central Core of Buddhist Experience
21(2)
Confucius and His Times
23(2)
Confucius' Message and Its Meaning
25(2)
Lao Tzu and the Tao
27(2)
Living in the Way of the Tao
29(2)
The Passion for Meaning
31(2)
More ``Passion for Meaning''
33(2)
Encountering the Sacred in Human Experience
35(2)
The Chosen People
37(2)
The Man of Galilee
39(2)
Early Christian Experience and Faith
41(2)
Varieties of Christianity
43(2)
The Prophet of God
45(2)
The Qur'an and Its Teachings
47(2)
The Basic Observances of Islam
49(2)
The Brotherhood of Islam
51(2)
Primal Religion
53

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