Invitation to Asian Religions by Jeffrey BroddInvitation to Asian Religions by Jeffrey Brodd

Invitation to Asian Religions

byJeffrey Brodd, Layne Little, Brad Nystrom

Paperback | September 16, 2015

Pricing and Purchase Info

$67.46 online 
$102.95 list price save 34%
Earn 337 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Featuring a unique, consistent, and modular chapter structure - "Teachings," "History," and "Way of Life" - and numerous pedagogical features, Invitation to Asian Religions invites students to explore Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Chinese religions (Confucianism and Daoism), and Shintowith respect and a sense of wonder. This chapter structure enables students to navigate each religion in a consistent and systematic way and helps students to make comparisons between religions. The book describes the essential features of each religion and shows how the religions have responded tobasic human needs and to the cultural contexts in which they developed. The authors also encourage students to develop an appreciation for what religious beliefs and practices actually mean to their adherents.Also available to suit your course needs: Invitation to World Religions, Second Edition: 978-0-19-937836-4 Invitation to Western Religions: 978-0-19-021127-1
Jeffrey Brodd is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Layne Little is Lecturer of Religious Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Bradley Nystrom is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Robert Platzner is Professor of ...
Title:Invitation to Asian ReligionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 7.4 × 0.59 inPublished:September 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190211261

ISBN - 13:9780190211264


Table of Contents

Preface1. AN INVITATION TO THE STUDY OF WORLD RELIGIONSApproaching the Study of World ReligionsReligion as a Subject of Academic InquiryWhat Religions DoReligious Questions and ChallengesBasic Components of ReligionsTeachingsHistorical DevelopmentWay of LifeReligions in the Modern WorldModernization and Related PhenomenaThe Changing Roles of Women in ReligionsThe Encounter of Religion and ScienceAn Academic Approach to the Study of ReligionsBalance and EmpathyComparative and Multidisciplinary Approaches2. HINDUISMThe Teachings of HinduismHindu Beliefs about Divine RealityThe Individual and the Quest for LiberationThree Paths to LiberationVendanta: The Predominant School of Hindu PhilosophyThe Individual and Society- * VOICES: An Interview with Jayashree VenkatesanHindu Sacred TextsThe Sects of HinduismThe History of HinduismThe Indus Valley CivilizationWho Are the Aryans?The Vedic PeriodThe Age of the GuptasThe Development of Bhakti- Tantra* Early Hindu Encounters with Islam and Rule Under theMughal Dynasty* Colonial Critique and the Hindu Reformers* Gandhi and the Struggle for Indian IndependenceHindu Nationalism and HindutvaThe Future of HinduismHinduism as a Way of LifeSeeing the Divine Image: Temples and IconsForms of WorshipYogaRites of PassagePilgrimageWomen in HinduismFestivals and HolidaysPerformance Traditions3. BUDDHISMThe Teachings of BuddhismThe Life of the BuddhaThe Essentials of the Buddha's Teaching- VOICES: An Interview with Katherine SeiThe History of BuddhismThe Period of the Buddhist CouncilsTheravada BuddhismMahayana BuddhismVajrayana BuddhismBuddhism in IndiaBuddhism Beyond IndiaThe Western TransmissionBuddhists in the World TodayBuddhism as a Way of LifeWho Is a Buddhist?The Buddha's Teachings on Ethics and "Skillful Means"Meditation and the Cultivation of MindMantra, Liturgical Ritual, and ChantingConversion and OrdinationWomen in BuddhismSacred Places and Objects of VenerationHolidays and FestivalsFunerary Rites4. JAINISMThe Teachings of JainismMahavira, the Twenty-fourth and Last Tirthankara ofThis World CycleAn Eternal Succession of TirthankarasJainism and HinduismAhimsa and Asceticism: Jainism's IdealsTheory of the UniverseLiberation and SalvationThe History of JainismThe Indian Historical ContextThe Legacy of the Tirthankaras: Jainism through theCenturiesJainism in Today's WorldJainism as a Way of LifeDigambaras and Shvetambaras- VOICES: An Interview With Girish ShahThe Ascetic LifeJainism and WomenThe Religious Life of the Jain Laity5. SIKHISMThe Teachings of SikhismThe Life of Guru NanakSikh ScriptureOn God, the Human Condition, and Spiritual LiberationTeachings of Guru Gobind Singh and the KhalsaThe History of SikhismGuru Nanak's SuccessorsGuru Gobind Singh and the KhalsaSikhs and NationalismSikhs in the DiasporaSikhism as a Way of Life- VOICES: An Interview with Onkar SinghDaily Devotional PracticesSikh Worship in the GurdwaraLife Cycle RitualsWorship, Work, and CharityWomen and SikhismSikh Identity6. CHINESE RELIGIONS: CONFUCIANISM AND DAOISMThe Teachings of Confucianism and DaoismAncient Chinese Religious ViewsThe Teachings of ConfuciusConfucianism and WomenThe Teachings of DaoismDaoism and WomenThe History of Confucianism and DaoismThe History of ConfucianismThe History of DaoismConfucianism and Daoism as Ways of LifeConfucian Rituals- VOICES: An Interview with Jason Ch'ui-hsiao TsengDaoist Practices7. SHINTOThe Teachings of ShintoThe Meaning of KamiCreation Myth in the Kojiki- VOICES: An Interview with Watanabe MinoruThe History of ShintoMedieval ShintoThe Modern PeriodShinto in Japan TodayShinto as a Way of LifeFertility RitesWomen in ShintoRites of Purification, Presentation, Petition, andParticipationNotesGlossaryCreditsIndex