Anthology Of World Scriptures: Eastern Religions by Robert E. Van VoorstAnthology Of World Scriptures: Eastern Religions by Robert E. Van Voorst

Anthology Of World Scriptures: Eastern Religions

byRobert E. Van Voorst

Paperback | January 31, 2006

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Van Voorst's ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS includes readings on Feng Shui, Engaged Buddhism, and the Falun Gong movement. Included in this concise, affordable reader is coverage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto. Van Voorst's characteristic clarity makes this an easy-to-understand, dependable guide to the history, doctrines, ethical systems, structures and rituals of these major Eastern religions.
Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst is Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and former professor of religion at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1995. He has served as a visiting professor in Oxford University and Zhejiang University in Ch...
Title:Anthology Of World Scriptures: Eastern ReligionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.2 × 7.3 × 0.9 inPublished:January 31, 2006Publisher:Wadsworth PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0495170607

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Table of Contents

Preface.Acknowledgments.1. EASTERN SCRIPTURE AMONG THE WORLD''S RELIGIONS.A Brief History of Scripture Scholarship. The Nature and Definition of Scripture. The Uses of Asian Scripture. Advantages and Disadvantages of Studying Asian Religions Through Their Scriptures. Asian Scriptures and Modern Scholarship. Asian Scriptures and the World Wide Web. The Plan of This Book. Suggestions on How to Read Asian Scriptures. Glossary. Questions for Study and Discussion. Suggestions for Further Reading.2. HINDUISM.A. Introduction. Overview of Structure. Use. Origin and Development. B. Teaching. Aditi and the Birth of the Gods (Rig-Veda 10.72). Two Philosophical Views of Creation (Rig-Veda 10.129; Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad 1.4.1-7). The God Indra (Rig-Veda 2.12). Rudra and Shiva (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 3.1-13). "That You Are" (Chandogya Upanishad 6.1-2, 9-11). The Goddess as Kali (Markandeya Purana Devi-Mahatmya 7.1-25). C. Ethics. Sin and Forgiveness (Rig-Veda 7.86). The Three Das (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 5.2). The Way of Asceticism (Mundaka Upanishad 2.1-3 5-8 10-13). Stages of Life for a Twice-Born Man (Laws of Manu 2.69-74 191-201; 3.1-19; 6.1-9 33-49). The Life of Women (Laws of Manu 3.55-60; 5.147-165). D. Organization. Creation and the Caste System (Rig-Veda 10.90). The Four Castes (Institutes of Vishnu 2.1-17). The Outcastes (Laws of Manu 10.51-57). E. Ritual and Meditation. The Gayatri Mantra (Rig-Veda 3.62.10). Devotion to Agni in Prayer and Sacrifice (Rig-Veda 1.1; Agni-Brahmana 1.1-19). The Puja of a Yogin (Agni Purana). Soma (Rig-Veda 8.48). Marriage (Rig-Veda 10.85.20-47). Cremation (Rig-Veda 10.16). Charms and Spells (Atharva-Veda 6.20; 7.70; 6.9; 3.16). Chanting of Om (Chandogya Upanishad 1.1.1-10). The Practice of Yoga (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 2.8-15). F. Selections from the Bhagavad-Gita. G. Later Developments of Scriptural Themes. Mohandas Gandhi on the Bhagavad-Gita. Two Tamil Poets. Poems of Mira, a Hindi Female Saint. Glossary. Questions for Study and Discussion. Scriptures in Film. Suggestions for Further Reading.3. BUDDHISM.A. Introduction. Overview of Structure. Use. Origin and Development. B. History. The Past Lives of Siddhartha Gotama (Jataka 190). The Life of Siddharta Gotama (Selections from the Buddhacarita). The Death of the Buddha (Mahaparinibbana Sutta 6.1-12, 31-35, 45-48). C. Teaching. The Sermon on the Four Noble Truths (Dhammacakkapparattana Sutta 1-8). The Skandhas and the Chain of Causation (Buddhacarita 16.1, 28-50). The Essence of Buddhism (The Heart Sutra). A Description of Nirvana (Milinda-pandha 4.8.65-66). A Mahayana View of the Buddha (Saddharma- Pundarika Sutra 2.36; 10.1). Poems of Early Nuns (Therigatha). D. Ethics. Conduct of the Monk (Dhammapada 25.360-382). Admonition to Laity (Cullavagga Dhammikasutta 18-29). The Wisdom of the Buddha (Dhammapada 1-20, 157-166). The Bodhisattva Ideal (Mahavastu). E. Organization. Founding of the Order (Mahavagga 1.6.10, 11-16, 27-30, 32, 34, 37). The Rules of Defeat for Monks and Nuns (Patimokkha Parajika Dhamma 1-4). Rules Requiring Formal Meetings (Patimokkha Samghadisesa Dhamma 1-13). The Order of Nuns (Cullavagga 10.1.1-6). F. Ritual and Meditation. The Relics of the Buddha (Mahaparinibbana Sutta 6.58-60). Mindfulness in Meditation (Majjhima-nikaya, Satipatthanasutta 10.1-9). A Mahayana View of the Merit of Making Images (Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo 16 no. 694). Tibetan Scripture to Guide the Soul after Death (Bardo Thodol 1.1-2). A Zen Koan: "What is Extraordinary?" (The Blue Cliff Record 26). G. Later Developments of Scriptural Themes. Enlightenment according to a Founder of Tibetan Buddhism (The Life of Milarepa 2.7). The Main Characteristics of Falun Gong (Li Hongzhi, Zhuan Falun, Lecture 1, Conclusion). A Contemporary Statement of Buddhist Essentials (Thich Nhat Hanh, Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings) Glossary. Questions for Study and Discussion. Scriptures in Film. Suggestions for Further Reading.4. JAINISM.A. Introduction. Overview of S