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Eastern Religions: Hinduism, Buddism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto

by Michael D. Coogan (Editor)

Other authors: Malcolm David Eckel (Contributor), C. Scott Littleton (Contributor), Vasudha Narayanan (Contributor), Jennifer Oldstone-Moore (Contributor)

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Currently reading ...........but do not own.......so far this book is interesting. It gives great details of each Religion that it discusses the traditons, along with some history. I really like the way the author at the end of each chapter gave some of that religions sacred text and then did the commentary on it....really helped me in understanding the text. ( )
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Eckel, Malcolm DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Littleton, C. ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Narayanan, VasudhaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195221915, Paperback)

This fascinating volume provides a concise, illustrated introduction to five of the great religious traditions of the world--Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.

Buddhism, one of the world's great religious traditions, attracts millions of modern-day followers. Hinduism, one of the most ancient of all belief systems, is increasingly well known in the West through expatriate Indian communities. Taoism has been an important influence on Western thinking, especially through the impact of the Tao Te Ching. Confucianism, less metaphysical in its principles, emphasizes family values and the role of the individual within the state. And Shinto, distinctively Japanese in character, is the most animistic of the great religions, based on a belief in numerous individual spirits. The contributors explore a great variety of topics within these religions, including: the life of the Buddha; karma and rebirth; inspiring teachers and gurus; the life of Confucius; sacred Taoist texts; the epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata; holy landscapes, shrines, and festivals; enlightenment; and--for all the faiths--the spiritual and ethical teachings, art and architecture, sacred writings, ritual and ceremony, and death and the afterlife.

Also included are extracts from or summaries of historical texts, with author commentaries that explain the significance of each piece and place in its full context. Authoritative and accessible, Eastern Religions provides a gateway for all those in the West who wish to move one step closer to the spirit of the East.

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"Eastern Religious explores a great variety of topics including: the life of the Buddha; karma and rebirth; inspiring teachers and gurus; the life of Confucius; sacred Taoist texts; the epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata; holy landscapes, shrines and festivals; enlightenment; and - for all the faiths - the spiritual and ethical teachings, art and architecture, sacred writings, ritual and ceremony, and death and the afterlife." "Also included in the volume are special documentary sections presenting extracts from and summaries of key texts and other invaluable reference material designed to illuminate central features of the religion."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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