The Sacred Paths of the East by Theodore M. LudwigThe Sacred Paths of the East by Theodore M. Ludwig

The Sacred Paths of the East

byTheodore M. Ludwig

Paperback | June 6, 2005

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This book combines study of the dynamic historical development of each religious tradition with a comparative thematic structure. In this way, the book helps readers to explore each of the major religions as a unique and integral system of meaning and life. At the same time, readers are encouraged to discover and explore the nature of religious experience by comparing basic themes and issues common to all religions. Covering the religions arising from India, China, and Japan, this book introduces the key dimensions of religious experience, outlining the basic human concerns that give rise to religious experience, such as origin and identity, ultimate reality, human nature, and the good life. For anyone interested in exploring the origins and development of the diverse religions of the world.

Title:The Sacred Paths of the EastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.1 × 8 × 0.7 inPublished:June 6, 2005Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


  1. Perspectives on the Religious Path.

  2. Beginnings of the Human Religious Adventure.


  3. Hindu Sacred Story and Historical Context.

  4. Hindu Worlds of Meaning.

  5. Hindu Ritual and the Good Life.

  6. Buddhist Sacred Story and Historical Context.

  7. Buddhist Worlds of Meaning.

  8. Buddhist Ritual and the Good Life.

  9. The Path of the Jains.

10. The Way of the Disciples: The Sikhs.


11. Chinese Sacred Story and Historical Context

12. Chinese Worlds of Meaning.

13. Ritual Practices and the Good Life in China.

14. Japanese Sacred Story and Historical Context.

15. Japanese Worlds of Meaning.

16. Ritual Practices and the Good Life in Japan.

17. Epilogue.


Suggestions for Further Reading.