Journeys East( The Perennial Philsophy Series): 20th Century Western Encounters with Eastern Religious Traditions


Journeys East tells the story of the twentieth century's encounters between East and West by exploring the lives of many of the most fascinating scientists, intellectuals, artists, and spiritual seekers of our time.

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Journeys East: 20th Century Western Encounters with Eastern Religous Traditions

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Journeys East tells the story of the twentieth century's encounters between East and West by exploring the lives of many of the most fascinating scientists, intellectuals, artists, and spiritual seekers of our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941532570
  • Publisher: World Wisdom
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Series: The Perennial Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

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I Introduction and background
1 The debate about "orientalism" 3
2 Ex Oriente lux : the 19th century background 20
II Western engagements with eastern traditions
3 Five bridge-builders between west and east 37
4 Theosophy and western seekers in the sub-continent, 1900-1950 63
5 Eranos and the comparative mythographers 95
6 The western quest for "secret Tibet" 125
7 The "floating worlds" of China and Japan 155
8 Traditionalism and the Sophia Perennis 183
9 Christian missionaries, monks and mystics in India 215
10 Dharma bums : beats, hippies and the counter-culture 245
11 Eastern teachings, western teachers, 1950-2000 270
III Eastern influences on western thought
12 The not-so-close encounters of western psychology and eastern spirituality 307
13 Eastern currents in western philosophy and science 335
14 Orientalism, ideology and engagement 364
IV Notes on inter-religious re-visionings
15 "The translucence of the eternal" : towards a cross-cultural religious understanding of the natural order 393
16 Dialogue, pluralism and the inner unity of religions 420
App. A A checklist of eastern teachers in the west 450
Sources 455
Acknowledgments 490
Biographical notes 491
Index of persons 492
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