Awakening : An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-11-10
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • View Upgraded Edition
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $92.60


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 traditionssuch 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 interested in and excited by the ideas and histories of Eastern thought.

Author Biography

Patrick Bresnan is a professor at DeAnza College in Cupertino, CA.

Table of Contents

Hinduism and Related Traditions of South Asiap. 1
India Before the Vedasp. 2
The Lay of the Landp. 2
South Asia Before the Vedic Agep. 4
The Theory of Indo-Aryan Migrationsp. 6
Varna: The Caste Systemp. 11
The Brahmin Castep. 14
Study Questionsp. 16
Veda and the Vedasp. 17
Yajna: The Vedic Sacrificep. 18
The Vedic Pantheonp. 22
An Overview of Vedic Cosmologyp. 28
Study Questionsp. 31
Introduction to the Upanishadsp. 32
The Sannyasin Traditionp. 33
Key Elements of the Upanishadsp. 36
An Overviews of Vedanta Cosmologyp. 50
Study Questionsp. 53
The Bhagavad Gitap. 54
The Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharatap. 56
The Opening Scenep. 60
The Bhagavad Gita as Metaphorp. 61
The Awakened Personp. 62
Karma Yogap. 67
Raja Yogap. 69
Bhakti Yogap. 70
Study Questionsp. 71
Darshanap. 73
The Orthodox Darshanasp. 74
The Heterodox Darshanasp. 85
Study Questionsp. 96
The Devotional Movementp. 97
The Trimurtip. 98
Ramanujap. 107
The Hindu Templep. 108
Study Questionsp. 112
A Millennium of Strifep. 113
The Muslim Erap. 113
The Modern Erap. 121
Study Questionsp. 128
Shakyamuni Buddha and the Early Development of Buddhismp. 13
The Life of Shakyamuni Buddhap. 132
The Palace Youthp. 133
The Sadhu Yearsp. 140
The Awakeningp. 142
The Teaching Yearsp. 146
Study Questionsp. 150
Basic Teaching of Shakyamuni Buddhap. 151
The Doctrine of Anatmanp. 154
The Four Noble Truthsp. 162
The Noble Eightfold Pathp. 171
Study Questionsp. 177
Theravada Buddhismp. 178
The Early Centuriesp. 179
Ashokap. 181
Theravada Buddhismp. 184
Study Questionsp. 192
Mahayana Buddhismp. 193
Diversity and Religious Elements in Mahayanap. 198
The Nature of Buddhap. 199
Madhyamakap. 204
Yogacarap. 211
The Bodhisattvap. 214
Artistic Expression in Early Mahayanap. 217
Study Questionsp. 221
Non-Buddhist Traditions of East Asiap. 223
Confucius and Confucianismp. 224
Confuciusp. 227
Menciusp. 237
Other Voices from the Period of Hundred Philosophersp. 240
Later Developments in the Evolution of Confucianismp. 245
Study Questionsp. 250
Daoismp. 251
The Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching)p. 252
Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu)p. 262
Religious Daoismp. 266
Study Questionsp. 274
Shintop. 275
The Shinto Creation Storyp. 277
The Shinto Shrine and Festivalp. 279
Historical Development of Shintop. 282
Study Questionsp. 286
Buddhism in China and Japanp. 287
Early Buddhism in Chinap. 288
Buddhism in the Tarim Basinp. 289
Tiantai Buddhismp. 292
Huayan Buddhism (Hua-Yen)p. 294
Pure Land Buddhismp. 295
Persecution and Recoveryp. 299
Study Questionsp. 301
Tibetan Buddhismp. 302
The Establishment of Buddhism in Tibetp. 307
The General Character of Buddhism in Tibetp. 310
A Historical Overview of Buddhism in Tibetp. 323
The First Period: The Era of the Yarlung Empirep. 323
The Second Period: The Sakya Erap. 324
The Third Period: The Era of the Dalai Lamap. 328
Study Questionsp. 337
Chan Buddhismp. 338
Bodhidhamap. 342
Huineng (Hui-Neng)p. 351
After Huinengp. 360
Study Questionsp. 374
Zen Buddhismp. 376
Japan Before Zenp. 376
Rinzai and Soto Zenp. 380
The Zen Monasteryp. 390
Zen and the Artsp. 404
Study Questionsp. 412
Works Citedp. 413
Indexp. 415
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review