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5th Edition

An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought

ISBN 9780205242986
Published July 31, 2012 by Routledge
496 Pages

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Book Description

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   

6. Darshana 

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 

14. Daoism 

15. Shinto 

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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