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Readings in Eastern Religions

By Eva K. Neumaier, Harold Coward, Ronald Neufeldt
Edited by Eva K. Neumaier-Dargyay, Harold Coward, and Ronald Neufeldt
Subjects Religion, Eastern Religions
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Paperback : 9780889204355, 414 pages, December 2006

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Readings in Eastern Religions, 2nd Edition by Harold Coward, Ronald Neufeldt, and Eva Neumaier
Names and Terms in Asian Languages
ONE Hinduism
Scripture in Hinduism
Brahmanas — The Satapatha Brahmana
Legal Literature
Laws of Manu
Bhagavad Gita
Devotional Literature
Bhagavad Gita
The Goddess
Indian Devotional Poet-Saints
Hindu Ethics and Dharma
Hindu Ethics and Dharma — Vasudha Narayanan
Sources of Dharma
Ages of Time
Specific Dharma and “Universal” or Common Dharma
Text and Practice
Moral Paradigms
Dharma and Liberation
New Reproduction Technology and the Hindu Tradition
TWO Jainism
Jain Sutras
THREE Buddhism
Buddha, the Awakened
Autobiographical Records
The Great Passing Away or Parinirvana
The Buddha Biography Told by a Narrator
Buddha’s Intrinsic Nature
Dharma: The Teaching of the Buddha
Ethics (Shila)
Cultivation of a Spiritual Life (bhavana)
The Development of Wisdom (prajna)
The Community
Selected Voices of Modern Buddhism
Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832–1907): A Voice of Revisionist Buddhism
Thich Nhat Hanh (born 1926): Mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism
Women’s Voices
Tenzin Gyatso (born 1935), the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
FOUR Sikhism
Hymns of Guru Nanak
Rahit Namas
FIVE Early Chinese Thought
Book of Historical Documents
Book of Odes
Book of Changes
SIX Confucian Thought
The Analects
Zhu Xi/Chu Hsi
Wang Yangming/Wang Yang-Ming
SEVEN Daoist/Taoist Thought
Religious Daoism
The Alchemical Tradition
EIGHT Modern Chinese Though
Mao Zedong
NINE Shinto
The Ancient Mythology
Early and Medieval Shinto
The Engi Shiki (Institutes of the Engi Period)
Kitabatake Chikafusa (1263–1354)
Shinto Resurgence
Ichijo Kanera (1402–1481)
Kumazawa Banzan (1619–1691)
Motoori Norinaga (1730–1801)
Hirata Atsutane (1776–1843)
The Disestablishment of State Shinto
TEN New Religions
Soka Gakkai


Originally developed for use in introductory courses on Eastern religious traditions, this popular anthology offers a selection of readings from primary texts of India, China, and Japan.
The selections are arranged both chronologically and thematically within religious traditions and include readings from Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism (including Tibetan Buddhism), Sikhism, Early Chinese thought, Confuciansiim, Taoism, Mao Tse Tung, Shintoism, and Japan’s new religions (Tenrikyo and Sokka Gakkai). Throughout the anthology, an effort has been made to present more than the usual short excerpts. As much as possible larger excerpts have been included to give students a better sense of significant developments within traditions. As well, doctrinal elements have been combined with story to make these traditions more than museum pieces for students.
For the second edition, the editors have added excerpts and have written introductions that provide a more comprehensive context for the readings. A section on Chan / Zen and excerpts from the writings of Ge Hong, representing the central concerns of Daoism, are included. A section on modern China includes a poem written by Mao, exhibiting his Daoist sensibilities. A revised chapter on Buddhism presents the voices of modern Buddhist writers, including the Dalai Lama. Throughtout the volume, reflections on the role of women in Eastern religions, as well as women’s voices themselves, are added.


I liked Readings in Eastern Religions and would recommend it for uses in classes.... Readings in Eastern Religions is largely successful in what it sets out to do. The longer readings give a more vivid sense of the various scriptures. The selections from the Bhagavad Gita and the Laws of Manu, for example, are strikingly elegant. Similarly, the greater length helps convey the depth of the scriptures. The readings from Xunxi, the proponent of realistic Confucianism, give a much stronger flavour of his logical style and argument than those I have read elsewhere. The same is true for the more narrative style of the Taoist, Zhuangzi. At the same time, the readings convey important aspects of the various traditions. The extracts from the Vedas and the Laws of Manu gave me a much better appreciation of Vedic orthodoxy.... In addition to this, Readings in Eastern Religions give a good variety of readings. The inclusion of both women's voices and modern voices gives a fuller, richer sense of the different traditions.

- James Quinn, Concordia University, Journal of Religion and Culture, Vol. 20, 2008, 2009 April