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Awakening : an Introduction To the History of Eastern Thought (4TH 10 - Old Edition)

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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 traditions–such as Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto–are 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.

Synopsis:

Awakening engages beginning students by discussing personal experience, employing a winning writing style, and approaching the subject from an historical perspective.

 

Awakening is an excellent introduction to comparative Eastern philosophic and religious thought. Awakening provides an engaging historical overview of the major philosophical and spiritual traditions of India, China, and Japan. Patrick Bresnan ties the past to the present and shows the relationships that exist between Eastern and Western traditions.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

PART ONE: HINDUISM AND RELATED INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS OF SOUTH ASIA

 

CHAPTER ONE: INDIA BEFORE THE VEDAS

The Lay of the Land

South Asia Before the Vedic Age

The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate

Varna: The Caste System

The Brahmin Caste

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER TWO: VEDA AND THE VEDAS

Yagna: The Vedic Sacrifice

The Vedic Pantheon

An Overview of Vedic Cosmology

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER THREE: INTRODUCTION TO THE UPANISHADS

The Sanyasin Tradition

Key Elements of the Upanishads

An Overview of Vedanta Cosmology

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER FOUR: THE BHAGAVAD GITA

The Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata

Development of the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita as Metaphor

The Awakened Person

Karma Yoga

Raja Yoga

Bhakti Yoga

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER FIVE: DARSHANA

The Orthodox Darshanas

The Heterodox Darshanas

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER SIX: THE DEVOTIONAL MOVEMENT

The Trimurti

Ramanuja

The Hindu Temple

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER SEVEN: A MILLENIUM OF STRIFE

The Muslim Era

The Modern Era

Study Questions

 

PART TWO: SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA AND THE EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF BUDDHISM

 

CHAPTER EIGHT: THE LIFE OF SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA

The Palace Youth

The Sadhu Years

The Awakening

The Teaching Years

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER NINE: BASIC TEACHING OF SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA

The Doctrine of Anatman

The Four Noble Truths

The Noble Eightfold Path

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER TEN: THERAVADA BUDDHISM

The Early Centuries

Ashoka

Theravada Buddhism

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER ELEVEN: MAHAYANA BUDDHISM

Diversity and Religious Elements in Mahayana

The Nature of Buddha

Madhyamaka

Yogacara

The Bodhisattva

Artistic Expression in Early Mahayana

Study Questions

 

PART THREE: NON-BUDDHIST TRADITIONS OF EAST ASIA

 

CHAPTER TWELVE: CONFUCIUS AND CONFUCIANISM

Confucius

Mencius

Other Voices from the Period of a Hundred Philosophers

Later Developments in the Evolution of Confucianism

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: DAOISM

The Dao De Jing

Zhuang Zi

Religious Daoism

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: SHINTO

The Shinto Creation Story

The Shinto Shrine and Festival

Historical Development of Shinto

Study Questions

 

 

PART FOUR: BUDDHISM IN CHINA AND JAPAN

 

CHAPTER FIFTEEN: EARLY BUDDHISM IN CHINA

Buddhism in the Tarim Basin

Tiantai Buddhism

Huayan Buddhism

Pure Land Buddhism

Persecution and Recovery

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER SIXTEEN: TIBETAN BUDDHISM

The Establishment of Buddhism in Tibet

The General Character of Buddhism in Tibet

A Historical Overview of Buddhism in Tibet

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: CHAN BUDDHISM

Bodhidharma

Huineng

After Huineng

Study Questions

 

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: ZEN BUDDHISM

Japan Before Zen

Rinzai and Soto Zen

The Zen Monastery

Zen and the Arts

Study Questions

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205739097
Author:
Bresnan, Patrick S.
Publisher:
Pearson
Subject:
General
Subject:
Asia Religion.
Subject:
Philosophy, Asian
Subject:
History
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Mysearchlab Series 15% Off
Publication Date:
November 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.00x6.90x.90 in. 1.25 lbs.

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Awakening engages beginning students by discussing personal experience, employing a winning writing style, and approaching the subject from an historical perspective.

 

Awakening is an excellent introduction to comparative Eastern philosophic and religious thought. Awakening provides an engaging historical overview of the major philosophical and spiritual traditions of India, China, and Japan. Patrick Bresnan ties the past to the present and shows the relationships that exist between Eastern and Western traditions.

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