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This introduction to Asia's religions, organized geographically, covers Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, Islam, and newer religious movements, as well as discussing Islam in Asia. Essentially the same book as Asian Religions; An Illustrated Introduction but with about 45 pages of selected primary sources and printed on higher quality paper with correspondingly crisper illustrations (and higher price). Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321172891
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/2/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents


1. The Foundations of the Study of Religion in Asia.

2. The Beginnings of South Asian Religion.

3. The Emergence of the Hindu Wisdom Tradition.

4. The Six Schools of Indian Philosophy.

5. Hindu Devotionalism.

6. Islam and Its Influence on Medieval South Asian Religion.

7. Sikhism.

8. Hinduism's Changing Relationship with the West.

9. Jainism: The First of the Nastika Traditions.

10. Early Buddhism in India.

11. Later Developments in Indian Buddhism.

12. Buddhism in the Modern World Context.

13. Religion in Southeast Asia.

14. Islam in South and Southeast Asia.

South and Souteast Asian Religions Timeline.


15. The Archaic Foundations of Chinese Religion.

16. Philosophical Daoism.

17. Daoist Religion.

18. Confucius and the Origins of Confucianism.

19. Early Confucianism and its Rivals.

20. Neo-Confucianism.

21. The Chinese Transformation of Buddhism.

22. The Consolidation and Expansion of Chinese Buddhism.

Chinese Religions Timeline.


23. Religion in Korea.

24. Early Japanese Religion and the Development of Shinto.

25.Japanese Buddhism to About 1200 C.E..

26. Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhism.

27. Zen Buddhism in Japan.

28. East Asian Religions and the Challenge of the Modern World.

Northeast Asian Religions Timeline.



1. “The God Indra,” Rig Veda, Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty.

2. Upanisads, Trans. Patrick Olivelle.

Chapter 6, verse 1 from “Chandogya Upanisad.”

Chapter 1, verses 8, 10, 11, 12, 15 and 16 of “Svetasvatara Upanisad.”

Chapter 2, verses 8 and 17 of “Svetasvatara Upanisad.”

3. Chapter 3 of The Laws of Manu, Trans. Wendy Doniger with Brian Smith.

4. Two Extracts from Hindu Myths, Intro. By Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty.

Devi Goddess from the Brhaddharma Purana.

Visnu from the Visnu Purana.

5. Bhagavad Gita, Trans. Juan Mascaro.

6. “Life in the World,” from Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi Extract from Chapter 12, Ed. David Godman.


7. Mul Mantra.

“Gurbachan Singh Talib.”

“Japuji: The Immortal Prayer” Chant.

8. Three extracts from Sources of Indian Tradition, Ed. Ainslee T. Embree.

From “Acaranga Sutra.”

From “Mahapurana.”

From “Ganadharavada.”


9. Three Extracts from The Dhammapada: The Path of Truth, Trans. Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya, Revised Rose Kramer.

“The Wise.”

“The Way.”


10. Extracts from The Buddhist Tradition in India, China and Japan, Ed. W. M. Theodore de Bary.

India Section (1).

From “Digha Nikaya,” False Doctrines About the Soul.

From “Majjhima Nikaya.”

From “Digha Nikaya,” The Last Instructions of the Buddha.

“Passion as a Means of Salvation,” from Cittavisuddhiprakarana.

“Everything Is Buddha,” from Saraha, Dohakosa.

China Section.

“All Things Have the Buddha Nature,” from Taisho daizokyo.

“The Vow to Live the Life of Smanta-Bhdra/Aspirations to Live the Life of Samanta-Bhadra,” from Gandhavyuha Sutra, Ed. D. T. Suzuki and Hokei Idzumi.

Japan Section.

“Vow of Uninterrupted Study of the Lotus Sutra,” from Dengyo Daishi Zenshu IV.

“Kukai and His Master,” from Kobo Daishi Zenshu.

“The Importance of Sitting,” from Shobo Genzo Zuimonki.

India Section (2).

“Emptiness (Shunyala),” from Lalitavistara.

“Faith in Emptiness,” from Dharmasangiti Sutra, Siksasamuccaya.

“All Depends on the Mind,” from Ratnamegha Sutra, Siksasamuccaya.

“Nirvana Is Here and Now.”


“Lankavatara Sutra.”


11. Two extracts from Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings, Burton Watson.

Extract from “Autumn Floods.”

Extract from “Supreme Happiness: Action and Inaction.”

12. Book VII of Confucius: The Analects, Trans. By D. C. Lau.

13. Extract from Improving Yourself, Trans. By Burton Watson.


14. Two extracts from Nihongi: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to A.D. 697,

“To Drive Away a Vengeful Deity,” Trans. By Donald L. Philippi.

“Norito,” Trans. By W. G. Aston, Intro By Terence Barrow.

Extract from “The Age of the Gods.”

Extract from “The Age of the Gods.”


16. Three Extracts from the The Koran Interpreted, Trans. By Arthur J. Arberry.

“Sura XIX Mary.”

“Sura XXIV Light.”

“Sura XXV Salvation.”

17. Three extracts from Gardens of the Righteous (Riyadh As-Salihin of Imam Nawawi), Trans. By Muhuammad Zafrulla Khan.

Extract from 34. “On Kindness Towards Women.”

From 35. “On a Husband's Right Concerning His Wife.”

From 215. “On the Obligation of Paying the Zakat.”



Primary Sources.

Picture Credits.

Literary Credits.


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