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Readings in Eastern Religions

Readings in Eastern Religions

By Harold Coward, Ronald Neufeldt, and Eva K. Neumaier
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

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Names and Terms in Asian Languages

ONE
Hinduism

Scripture in Hinduism

Samhita

Rigveda

Atharvaveda

Brahmanas — The Satapatha Brahmana

Upanishads

Legal Literature

Laws of Manu

Epics

Bhagavad Gita

Ramayana

Devotional Literature

Bhagavad Gita

Ramayana

The Goddess

Indian Devotional Poet-Saints

Manikkavachakar

Appar

Kabir

Mirabai

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

Notes

TWO
Jainism

Jain Sutras

Notes

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

Notes

FOUR
Sikhism

Hymns of Guru Nanak

Rahit Namas

Notes

FIVE
Early Chinese Thought

Book of Historical Documents

Book of Odes

Book of Changes

Notes

SIX
Confucian Thought

Confucius

The Analects

Mencius

Xunzi

Neo-Confucians

Zhu Xi/Chu Hsi

Wang Yangming/Wang Yang-Ming

Notes

SEVEN
Daoist/Taoist Thought

Daodejing

Zhuangzi

Religious Daoism

The Alchemical Tradition

Notes

EIGHT
Modern Chinese Though

Mao Zedong

Notes

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

Notes

TEN
New Religions

Tenrikyo

Soka Gakkai

Notes

 

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Description

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. 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.

Reviews

``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, Journal of Religion and Culture, Vol. 20, 2008