Eastern Ways of Being Religious by Gary E. Kessler
This historically organized collection of scriptural sources and interpretive essays can be used on its own or as a supplement. Its overall goal is to help beginning students read and understand significant source material pertaining to the great religions of the East.
PART I. INTRODUCTION 1. A Challenge Lee H. Yearley: �New Religious Virtues and the Study of Religion� 2. What Is Religion? Rem B. Edwards: The Search for Family Resemblances of Religion 3. How Should We Study Religion? William E. Paden: Comparative Perspectives / Wayne Proudfoot: Explanation PART II. WAYS OF BEING RELIGIOUS ORIGINATING IN ASIA 4. Hindu Ways of Being Religious David R. Kinsley: Hinduism / Rig Veda: �I Pray to Agni� � �We Have Drunk the Soma� � �The Hymn of Man� � �Creation Hymn� / Upanishads: Brihadaranyaka / Chandogya / The Laws of Manu / Valmiki: The Ramayana / Bhagavad-Gita (Chapters 2 and 12) / Yoga Sutra (2.1�51; 3.1�8) / Mira: Songs / Devi-Mahatmya / Shankara: Crest-Jewel of Discrimination (Viveka- Chudamani) / Ramanuja: Vedanta Sutra Commentary (Shri-Bhashya) / Mahanirvana Tantra / Gandhi: Experiments with Truth / Katherine K. Young: The Case of Uma Bharati / Tracy Pintchman: Gender Complementarity and Hierarchy / Diana L. Eck: Seeing the Divine (and more...)