The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eastern Philosophy [NOOK Book]


You're no idiot, of course. You know Eastern philosophy encompasses many countries and concepts, but when it comes to breaking down the basics to discuss with others or for your own enlightenment you can't tell Confucius from Krishna. Don't nix nirvana just yet! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eastern Philosophy' is an extensive, reader-friendly guide that maps out the terrain along the various paths of knowledge. A wealth of information about the history and core beliefs of each philosophical system. Outlines and...
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You're no idiot, of course. You know Eastern philosophy encompasses many countries and concepts, but when it comes to breaking down the basics to discuss with others or for your own enlightenment you can't tell Confucius from Krishna. Don't nix nirvana just yet! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eastern Philosophy' is an extensive, reader-friendly guide that maps out the terrain along the various paths of knowledge. A wealth of information about the history and core beliefs of each philosophical system. Outlines and in-depth explorations of each school of thought. Reading and study guides to enhance your understanding. The big picture of Eastern Philosophy and how its components relate to Western ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101158364
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/9/2000
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,084,289
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

JAY STEVENSON, Ph.D., teaches writing, English Literature, and cultural studies at Rutgers University, and is the author of five Complete Idiot's Guide. He has written for Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 and for the Grinnell Review.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Orient-ation 1
1 Four Ways to Wisdom 3
The Big Four 4
Shifting Scenes 4
In This Corner 5
Into India 6
Every Which Way but Loose 7
Finding the Center 8
Maya Culpa 8
School Work 9
Escape from India 10
Friends in High Places 11
Different Spins 11
Chinese Minds 12
Finding the Way 13
Confucius Rules 14
2 Turning East 17
The Whole Thing 18
All for One 19
Four Wholes 20
Who Do You Think You Are? 22
Where Am I? 22
Lost in Thought 22
Shut My Mouth 24
Silence Is Golden 24
Inner Quiet 24
So to Speak 25
Mind and Spirit 25
Spirit and Mind 27
3 East Meets West 29
Worlds Apart 30
Proof of the Pudding 30
Getting Somewhere 31
I'll Buy That 32
Blinded with Science 33
India-pendence 33
Breaking the Mold 34
Grinding Gears 34
A Little Romance 34
Rat Race 35
Feeling Your Age 36
New Heights 36
Covering the Spread 37
Forever Jung 37
Setting Trends 38
Part 2 Do You Hindu? 41
4 Beyond the Gods 43
Blast from the Past 44
High Priests 45
Old-Time Religions 46
Higher Ground 47
The Whole Truth 47
Absolute Awareness 48
Getting Over It 49
Bliss and Bondage 49
Making Progress 50
Play It Again, Samsara 51
Wheel of Fortune 51
The Bad with the Good 52
5 Life Goes On 55
Epic Struggle 56
Avatar in Action 56
Keep on Truckin' 57
Three Yogas 58
Bhakti Basics 58
All Roads Lead to Enlightenment 59
Manu's Manual 59
Laying Down the Law 60
What It's All About 60
Setting the Stages 61
Pay-Back Time 61
Class Action 63
6 Going to Extremes 65
School Work 66
Branching Out 66
Off-Beat Beliefs 67
What You See Is What You Get 67
Accidents Happen 68
Spiritual Baggage 68
Censored System 69
Jaina's Addiction 70
Starved for Knowledge 70
Let It Be 71
Jaina's Logic 72
Any Way You Cut It 72
Categorically Speaking 73
Mental Breakdowns 74
7 Building on Tradition 77
School Work 78
Mix and Match 78
Six Pack 79
Testing, Testing 81
Whattaya Know? 81
Up and Atom 82
Vedas Revisited 83
Best Behavior 83
Sacred Sound 84
Back to Brahman 85
Only One 85
Only One, Sort Of 86
Two for One 87
8 Yogi Bearings 89
Theory and Practice 90
Knowing the Difference 90
Lopsided Pair 91
Theory of Evolution 92
Loose Threads 92
Missing Links 93
Pretzel Logic 94
Into Position 94
Siddhi Slickers 96
A Classic Twist 96
Out on the Limbs 96
Hold That Pose 97
Yoga Party 97
9 Culture Clash 101
Islam in India 102
Sufi's Choice 102
Sikh and Ye Shall Find 103
Spiritual Rebirth 103
Seeing to Reason 104
Old-Time Answers 105
Social Service 105
Super Yogi 106
Gandhi but Not Forgotten 107
Getting Organized 107
Nothing but the Truth 108
Philosopher for President 109
Brahman's Intuition 109
We're All in This Together 110
10 Go West, Young Brahmin 111
Meeting of the Minds 112
Gurus Go Greek 113
Mixed Blessings 114
Romantic Notions 114
Where There's a Will, There's a Veda 115
Yankee Sages 115
American Know-How 116
Living Like a Yogi 116
Dark Secrets 116
Feeling the Spirit 117
Which Way Is Up? 117
World Spirit 118
Merry Krishnas 119
Chants Meetings 119
Cult Following 120
Sitting and Thinking 121
Change My World 121
Meditate on This 122
Part 3 Shake Your Buddha 125
11 News from Nirvana 127
The Birth of a Legend 128
From Prince to Pauper 128
Wake-Up Call 129
Have Wisdom, Will Travel 130
Deep Dukkha 131
Eight Is Enough 132
Stop Asking Silly Questions! 133
It All Depends 134
Three Marks Against You 135
Filling in the Middle 135
12 Flesh on the Bones 139
All Together Now 140
Baskets of Buddhism 140
Enlightened Empire 140
Parallel Paths 141
Going Solo 141
Dharma If You Do, Dharma If You Don't 142
Divine Guides 143
Such a Suchness 144
Filling in the Middle 145
The Logic of Nonlogic 145
Head Room 146
Not Fade Away 147
13 The Diamond Path 151
Up the Mountain 152
Tantra-lized 152
Behind Closed Doors 153
Cosmic Flow 154
Hand and Mouth 155
Wheels Inside of Wheels 155
Spiritual Snake-Charming 156
Dying for Enlightenment 157
Out of Body Experience 158
Getting Directions 158
Hello, Dalai 159
14 Other Worlds 161
A New Buddha on the Block 162
The Lotus Serves Notice 163
All for One and One for All 164
The Big Three 165
The Big Ten 166
Worlds Upon Worlds 166
Land Sakes 167
Help from Above 168
Feeling Your Age 169
Into Shinto 170
15 Now and Zen 173
Sitting Pretty 174
Letting Go 174
Zig-Zag Zen 174
Way Back Zen 175
Say It with Flowers 176
Up Against the Wall 176
The Long and Short of It 177
Soto Voce 178
Koan Heads 178
Mondo Zen 180
Missing the Pointer, Getting the Point 180
Who, Me? 181
Ordinary Miracles 181
Zen-Fu 182
Part 4 "Way" Cool 185
16 Old Masters 187
Living in the Real World 188
Ideas with a Difference 188
Same Difference 189
Getting Wise to the Times 189
Troubled Waters 190
Dynasty: The Series 191
Boys Named Tzu 192
Advisors for Hire 192
Ancient Curriculum 193
Two Left Standing 194
Sorting the Systems 195
Hide or Seek 196
Enter the Dragon 197
Meeting of the Ways 197
17 Tao or Never 199
Tapping the Source 200
A Way Out 200
Tao in Print 201
A Fork in the Way 202
Sages Versus Priests 202
Sage List 203
Book of Mysteries 204
Naming the Unnamable 204
The Way, in a Way 204
To Be or Not to Be 205
Tao Fu 205
The Good with the Bad 206
In the Balance 206
Better Halves 207
18 Tao and Later 209
Inner Freedom 210
Express Yourself 210
The Tao of P'u 211
The Way of the West 211
Different Flows 212
Hanging Loose 213
Leading Lightly 213
All in the Timing 213
Kid Gloves 214
Practical Tao 215
Red Tape Tips 216
Quitting Time 216
Low Profile 217
The Tao of Slacking Off 217
All Judgements Aside 218
19 Tao and Forever 221
The Tao of Pre-Chem 222
Eye of Newt 222
All That Glitters 223
Magic in High Places 223
High Fives 224
Braving the Elements 224
The Lay of the Land 225
Mystical Fitness 226
Living on Air 226
Bang the Gong 227
State Versus Spirit 227
Tie a Yellow Turban 228
Gut Feelings 229
20 Opposites in Flux 231
Either Oracle 232
The Tao of Chou 232
Order of the Day 233
Drawing the Lines 234
It Takes Three to Yin-Yang-O 234
The Big Picture 236
Out of the Limelight 236
Shell Game 237
Worldly Wisdom 239
Moving Heaven and Earth 239
Grass Roots 241
Going to the Well 243
Part 5 Sages in Service 245
21 Confucius Says 247
The Man from Lu 248
Old Ways, New Thinking 248
Open Enrollment 249
The Rite Stuff 250
Take This Job and Shove It 250
Road Scholars 251
Do-Gooders 252
Respecting Others, Being Respectable 253
Two-Way Streets 253
Hanging in the Balance 254
An Official and a Gentleman 254
Looking Out for Number One 255
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    Posted March 13, 2000

    Great book!!!

    Fabulous book!!! Lots of info on all eastern religions, without the persuasive propaganda.

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