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James Fieser is an Assistant Professor of philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University7;s Department of Philosophy (1983, 1986). He has published articles on the topics of the philosophy of religion, rights theory, environmental ethics, moral skepticism, David Hume, and Thomas Aquinas. He has created several World Wide Web sites in philosophy, including the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Chapter 1 - HINDUISM Introduction Vedas Creation of the universe Origin of the gods Indra, the paradigmatic warrior Prayer to Agni, the god of fire Burning dead bodies The beneficial effects of drinking soma Sex and the Yogin A clever woman The horse sacrifice To the fire altar What is the origin of the world? Vedanta: the Upanishads and their Commentaries Yama's instructions to Naciketas Sacrifices cannot lead to the ultimate goal Instructions on renouncing the world Self-effort and Liberation Maya That is you Qualified non-dualism: Ramanuja's interpretation Yoga The meaning of Yoga Yogic Techniques Yogic Attainments Puranas and Epics The Four Ages The lingam of Shiva *The Buddha: A false teacher *The Power of the Goddess Rama, a God among Humans The Bhagavad-Gita: Arjuna's refusal to Fight Devotional literature Praise of the goddess Prayer for identity with the goddess Mirabhai's mystical marriage to Krishna Cheating on her husband Treatises on Dharma Actions and their results The four stages of life Leaving home life Duties of the four social classes How Women should live Manu's instructions on finding the right mate
Chapter 2 - JAINISM Introduction Jaina scriptures Mahavira, the ascetic paradigm Women cannot attain Liberation Women can attain Liberation Bondage and Liberation The worthlessness of possessions, friends, and relatives The importance of equanimity The world is full of suffering Fasting unto Death There is no creator God Excerpts from the Sutra on understanding the meaning of the categories
Chapter 3 - BUDDHISM Introduction Pali Canon The life of the Buddha The first sermon The Buddha's good qualities Criteria for assessing valid teachings and teachers Nirvana Dependent arising Questions that should be avoided Selflessness Instructions on meditation Ordination of Women The cessation of suffering My teacher The joy of release The Buddha's last days and final instructions The questions of King Milinda *How to Avoid Extreme Views Mahayana Scriptures The Heart of Perfect Wisdom Sutra Excerpts from the Diamond Sutra Why Bodhisattvas are Superior to Hearers *Why the Bodhisattva Work Alone On the differences between Men and Women The lotus Sutra: parable of the burning house Everything is controlled by the mind The basic Consciousness Nagarjuna on Emptiness The Bodhisattva's vows of Universal Love Ultimate reality Tantric skills in means The stage of completion Women should be honored Samsara and nirvana are one Using desire to eradicate desire The state of pure awareness The importance of the guru Tibetan Buddhist scriptures Ultimate reality Bardo, the state between lives Milarepa on Meditation Niguma on Mahamudra Instructions from Manjushri The triple appearance Developing the mind of Enlightenment Chinese and Japanese Buddhist scriptures Why Buddhism is superior to Taoism and Confucianism The platform Sutra of the sixth patriarch Kukai: exoteric and esoteric Buddhism Dogen's meditation instructions The mu koan Pure land: Shinran on Amida's vow Truth decay: Nichiren on the title of the lotus Sutra
Chapter 4 - SIKHISM Introduction Sikh scriptures Nanak, the first guru Guru Nanak's Death The mul mantra: the basic statement Jap: the meditation The divine name Meditation on the name Nudity does not make one a saint Books and learning are of no use External observances are of no use On Hukam On Haumai The true guru The ecstasy of mystical union Guidelines for a happy marriage Formation of the Khalsa Justification for use of force God, the sword supreme
Chapter 5 - CONFUCIANISM Introduction Confucian Scriptures
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