Awakening: An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought (3rd Edition)

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Ideal for readers with little or no previous knowledge of the subject, this book provides an exceptionally complete overview of the historical development of the major Eastern traditions of religious and philosophical thought (in India, China, and Japan.). The book uses an engaging style that is filled with anecdotes, analogies, definitions, comparisons, and supporting quotes from primary and secondary sources. It guides learners in recognizing the interrelationships that exist among the various systems, appreciating the relevance of these traditions to the concerns of modern times, and understanding the major issues of interpretation regarding these systems. The traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism are broad umbrellas that include a number of specific schools, each of which is treated individually. Other schools–such as Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto–are brought into the story at the appropriate place. Owing to the current high degree of interest in the subject, the historical development of Zen Buddhism receives a bit more attention that the other traditions. For anyone new to the study, and excited by the idea, of Eastern thought.

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Ideal for readers with little or no previous knowledge of the subject, this book provides an exceptionally complete overview of the historical development of the major Eastern traditions of religious and philosophical thought (in India, China, and Japan). Broadly chronological in organization and using an engaging style that is filled with anecdotes, analogies, definitions, comparisons, and supporting quotes from primary and secondary sources -- it guides readers in recognizing the interrelationships that exist among the various systems, appreciating the relevance of these traditions to the concerns of modern times, and understanding the major issues of interpretation regarding these systems. Surveys the full range of Eastern thought -- the various schools within the Hindu and Buddhist traditions (with significant coverage of Zen Buddhism) as well as Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism. Traces the historical evolution of the major traditions and relates the insights of Hindu and Buddhist traditions to contemporary issues -- in full and open discussions. Explores the common ground shared by Eastern and Western traditions -- using many comparisons and analogies. For those interested in Eastern Philosophy.

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Patrick Bresnan is a professor at DeAnza College in Cupertino, CA.

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