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Awakening : Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought

Awakening : Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought - 3rd edition

Awakening : Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780132436915

ISBN10: 0132436914

Awakening : Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought by Patrick Bresnan - ISBN 9780132436915
Edition: 3RD 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
International: No
Awakening : Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought by Patrick Bresnan - ISBN 9780132436915

ISBN13: 9780132436915

ISBN10: 0132436914

Edition: 3RD 07

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For courses in Asian Philosophy and Asian Religions.

Awakening engages beginning students by discussing personal experience, employing a winning writing style, and approaching the subject from an historical perspective.

Patrick Bresnan wrote this book as a result of his love for the study of Eastern thought. He wanted students new to the subject to love it too. After trying many different books, he despaired of ever finding one that could excite the beginning student. He realized that a text that was written with a background of personal experience would make the subject more appealing for students. He had that background and from it, created Awakening.

New To This Edition

  • NEW! On-site video clips. A tremendously valuable new feature of Awakening. This video is three hours long and contains the author's own footage.
    • Introduces the reader in person to many of the things and sites talked about in the book with videos that can't be found anyplace else.
  • NEW! Research has been brought up to date. The new edition has been updated based on the ongoing personal involvement of the author in the field of Asian studies, new information and interpretations made available by numerous researchers in the field, and valuable feedback from users of Awakening.
  • NEW! A more comprehensive presentation of the Indo-Aryan migrations controversy.
  • NEW! Expands the subject of Hinduism from five to seven chapters with a much broader presentation of the "Devotional Movement".
  • NEW! Improvement in the exposition of Daoism and Zen Buddhism.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


PART I Hinduism and Related Indigenous Traditions of South Asia

1 India Before the Vedas

The Land of India
South Asia Before the Vedic Age
The Theory of Indo-Aryan Migrations
Varna: The Caste System
The Brahmin Caste
Study Questions

2 Veda and the Vedas

Yagna: The Vedic Sacrifice
The Vedic Pantheon
An Overview of Vedic Cosmology
Study Questions

3 Introduction to the Upanishads

The Sanyasin Tradition
Key Elements of the Upanishads
An Overview of Vedanta Cosmology
Study Questions

4 The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata
The Opening Scene
The Bhagavad Gita as Metaphor
The Awakened Person
Karma Yoga
Raja Yoga
Bhakti Yoga
Study Questions

5 Darshana

The Orthodox Darshanas
The Heterodox Darshanas
Study Questions

6 The Devotional Movement

The Trimurti
The Hindu Temple
Study Questions

7 A Millennium of Strife

The Muslim Era
The Modern Era
Study Questions

PART II Buddhism and Related Indigenous Traditions of East Asia

8 The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha

The Palace Youth
The Sadhu Years
The Awakening
The Teaching Years
Study Questions

9 Basic Teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha

The Doctrine of Anatman
The Four Noble Truths
The Noble Eightfold Path
Study Questions

10 Theravada Buddhism

The Early Centuries
Theravada Buddhism
Study Questions

11 Mahayana Buddhism

Diversity and Religious Elements in Mahayana
The Nature of Buddha
The Doctrine of Shunyata
The Bodhisattva
Artistic Expression in Early Mahayana
Study Questions

12 Confucius and Confucianism

Other Voices from the Period of a Hundred Philosophers
Later Developments in the Evolution of Confucianism
Study Questions

13 Daoism

The Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching)
Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu)
Religious Daoism
Study Questions

14 Early Buddhism in China

Buddhism in the Takla Makan
Tiantai Buddhism (T'ien-t'ai)
Huayan Buddhism (Hua-yen)
Pure Land Buddhism
Persecution and Recovery
Study Questions

15 Chan Buddhism

Huineng (Hui-Neng)
After Huineng
Study Questions

16 Shinto

The Shinto Creation Story
The Shinto Shrine and Festival
Historical Development of Shinto
Study Questions

17 Zen Buddhism

Japan Before Zen
Rinzai and Soto Zen
The Zen Monastery
Zen and the Arts

Study Questions
Works Cited