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Awakening: An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought, 5th Edition

By Patrick S. Bresnan

Published by Routledge

Published Date: Jul 31, 2012

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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┬┐

Works Cited┬┐