Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy and Religion

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The Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy & Religion provides a thorough discussion of the most widely practices belief systems of the East. Author Diane Morgan understands how to direct the materialistic, linear way of Western thinking toward a comprehension of the cyclical, metaphysical essence of Eastern philosophy. With an emphasis on the tenets and customs that Wester seekers find most compelling, this text is accessible to the novice yet sophisticated enough for the ...

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Overview

The Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy & Religion provides a thorough discussion of the most widely practices belief systems of the East. Author Diane Morgan understands how to direct the materialistic, linear way of Western thinking toward a comprehension of the cyclical, metaphysical essence of Eastern philosophy. With an emphasis on the tenets and customs that Wester seekers find most compelling, this text is accessible to the novice yet sophisticated enough for the experienced reader.

Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, as well as the less-widely practiced faiths of Shintoism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrainism. Learn the fundamentals of the tantric path to liberation and the relationship between sex and seeking. Discover the true meaning of Feng Shui, the philosophical underpinnings of Hatha Yoga and Taoist connection to the martial art of Tai chi chuan. And if you've ever wondered: what is the sound of one hand clapping?. this book will get you started on finding that answer.
The Eastern traditions, with their emphasis on harmony and oneness, have much to offer us in our hectic, demanding lives. For a comprehensive, entertaining exploration of the beliefs of Asia, The Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy & Religion is the essential manual for the seeker in all of us.

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"This book aims to explain simply the origins, practices and philosophy of Eastern religions. The author teaches religion and philosophy at a community college, and she has a good sense of the text mechanisms that less sophisticated readers might need to help them read such a book. The wide margins of the text add chapter guides, highlights and reviews . . . Morgan writes in a breezy, casual style that is quite accessible . . . Major topics include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, with each major focus broken up into five or six chapters. A last part more quickly explores 'roads less traveled,' such as Jainism, Shinto and Tantra (the author handles sex here with a beguiling modesty and forthrightness). An index and glossary are useful."—Kliatt

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This book aims to explain simply the origins, practices and philosophy of Eastern religions. The author teaches religion and philosophy at a community college, and she has a good sense of the text mechanisms that less sophisticated readers might need to help them read such a book. The wide margins of the text add chapter guides, highlights and reviews. For my taste the chapters are broken into too many discrete parts to seem coherent, but students will find the separate bites easy to use. Morgan writes in a breezy, casual style that is quite accessible, and her emphasis is on description, not analysis. Major topics include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, with each major focus broken up into five or six chapters. A last part more quickly explores "roads less traveled," such as Jainism, Shinto and Tantra (the author handles sex here with a beguiling modesty and forthrightness). An index and glossary are useful. Category: Social Studies. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Renaissance Books, 348p., $24.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Daniel J. Levinson; History & English Teacher, Thayer Acad., Braintree SOURCE: KLIATT, March 2002 (Vol. 36, No. 2)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580631976
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/25/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 626,776
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Morgan teaches religion and philosophy at Wilson and Frederick Community College. Passionate about sharing the beauty and mystery of Eastern thought with her students, Morgan is also passionate about dogs, and has authored several books on canine care. She lives in Williamsport, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 Hinduism - The Luminous Self 13
Ch. 1 A Landscape, a People, and a Faith 15
Ch. 2 Aryan and Vedic Religious Tradition 23
Ch. 3 Raja Marga - The Path of Mental and Physical Discipline 41
Ch. 4 Karma Marga - The Path of Work and Action 47
Ch. 5 Jnana Marga - The Path of Knowledge 59
Ch. 6 Bhakti Marga - The Path of Devotion 71
Pt. 2 Buddhism - Compassionate Wisdom 97
Ch. 7 The Life and Teachings of Buddha 99
Ch. 8 Buddhist Metaphysical Concepts 119
Ch. 9 Theravada Buddhism - The Way of the Elders 125
Ch. 10 Mahayana Buddhism - The Great Vehicle 133
Ch. 11 Tibetan Buddhism - The Way of the Thunderbolt 145
Ch. 12 Zen and Other Japanese Schools 159
Pt. 3 Confucianism - The Power of Virtue 177
Ch. 13 Essential Chinese Religious Concepts 179
Ch. 14 The Life of Confucius, the Master Teacher 189
Ch. 15 Confucian Values 197
Ch. 16 Confucianism Through the Ages 211
Pt. 4 Taoism - The Transformation 221
Ch. 17 Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching 223
Ch. 18 The Philosophy of Tao 233
Ch. 19 Religious Taoism 241
Ch. 20 Taoism Today 255
Pt. 5 Roads Less Traveled 259
Ch. 21 Jainism - The Cult of Non-Violence 261
Ch. 22 Tantra - The Forbidden Treasure 277
Ch. 23 Zoroastrianism - The Religion of Joy 293
Ch. 24 Sikhism - The Lion and the Sword 305
Ch. 25 Shinto - The Sacred Ceremony 317
Glossary 331
Index 341
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    An amazing intro to many Eastern Religions

    This amazingly well written book by Diane MOrgan is a gateway into learning the major Eastern religions. Packed with both the dogma and the information behind it, Diane expresses them all with equal clarity. Well written, humorous, and deeply informational, this book is sure to appeal to Taoists and Christians alike

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