This book is a uniquely accessible and penetrating guide to the major spiritual and philosophical traditions of Asia, from the Hindu beliefs of India to the Shinto religion of
Japan. It includes more than 100 full-color illustrations and photographs of sacred art, architecture, symbols, landscapes, ceremonies and festivals. It illuminates the many profound ideas from the East that have entered the spiritual vocabulary of the West, including mediatation, karma, and enlightenment. This volume describes and explains the religious practices of the Eastern world, from sacred ceremonies to individual acts of faith, and places beliefs and rituals in the social and historical concepts in which they developed. Also included are specially-commissioned full-color maps through which the extend and spread of traditions are seen. This softcover book includes end flaps front and back. Includes a glossary, further reading and an index.
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