Awakening: An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought engages students with anecdotes, primary and secondary sources, an accessible writing style, and a clear historical approach.
The text focuses on India, China, and Japan, while showing the relationships that exist between Eastern and Western traditions. Patrick Bresnan consistently links the past to the present, so students may see that Eastern traditions, however ancient their origins, are living traditions and relevant to modern times.
Table of Contents
Part I Hinduism and Related Traditions of South Asia
1. India Before the Vedas
2. Veda and the Vedas
3. Introduction to the Upanishads
4. The Bhagavad Gita
5. Ashtanga Yoga
7. The Devotional Movement
8. A Millennium of Strife
Part II Shakyamuni Buddha and the Early Development of Buddhism
9. The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha
10. Basic Teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha
11. Theravada Buddhism
12. Mahayana Buddhism
Part III Non-Buddhist Traditions of East Asia
13. Confucius and Confucianism
Part IV Buddhism in China and Japan
16. Early Buddhism in China
17. Tibetan Buddhism
18. Chan Buddhism
19. Zen Buddhism
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