Asian Religion and Philosophy

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The Sound of Vultures' Wings

Explores the music of the Tibetan Chöd tradition.

Self-Cultivation in Early China

An introduction to ancient Chinese ideas on how to live a good life.

Buddhist Literature as Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy as Literature

Explores the relationship between literature and philosophy in classical and contemporary Buddhist texts.

Navigating Deep River

An interdisciplinary dialogue with Shūsaku Endō’s last novel offering new perspectives on Japanese culture, Christian doctrine, Hindu spiritualities, and Buddhist worldviews.

The Other Emptiness

Presents a new vision of the Buddhist history and philosophy of emptiness in Tibet.

Confucianism's Prospects

Challenges descriptions of East Asian societies as Confucian cultures and communitarian Confucian models as a political alternative to liberal democracy.

Living Landscapes

Explores the role of meditation on the five elements in the practice of Yoga.

Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness

Investigates the cosmological and metaphysical thought in the Zhuangzi from the perspective of nothingness.

Buddhisms in Asia

A guide to Buddhism’s rich variety of traditions and cultural expressions for educators who would like to include Buddhism in their undergraduate courses.

Inoue Enryo

The first comprehensive treatment of Inoue Enryō, a pioneer of modern Buddhism and a key figure in the reception of Western philosophy in East Asia.

Confucianism for the Contemporary World

Discusses contemporary Confucianism's relevance and its capacity to address pressing social and political issues of twenty-first-century life.

Shimmering Mirrors

A study of comparative metaphysics that explores the concepts of Reality and Appearance and their relevance to contemporary religious consciousness.

Re-ending the Mahabharata

Offers a fresh perspective on the Mahābhārata based on an exploration of its ending, the Svargārohaṇa parvan.

The First Islamic Classic in Chinese

Translated by Sachiko Murata
Introduction by Sachiko Murata
Notes by Sachiko Murata
Subjects: Religion And Spirituality

A translation of Wang Daiyu’s Real Commentary on the True Teaching, the first and most influential work written in the Chinese language on Islam.

The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith

First work to address the legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith and his influence on the development of religious studies and Islamic studies in the twentieth century.

The Uttaratantra in the Land of Snows

Examines various Tibetan interpretations of the Uttaratantra, the most authoritative Indic commentary on buddha-nature.

The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many

Presents a twenty-first-century, progressive, liberal Confucianism.

Understanding the Analects of Confucius

A new translation and commentary of the Analects for contemporary audiences.

The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn

Shows how the text evolved from a non-narrative historical record into a Confucian classic.

Korean Religions in Relation

Examines Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity in Korea, focusing on their mutual accommodation, exclusion, conflict, and assimilation.

Zhuangzi's Critique of the Confucians

Looks at the Daoist Zhuangzi's critique of Confucianism.

Self-Realization through Confucian Learning

Confucian philosopher Xunzi’s moral thought is considered in light of the modern focus on self-realization.

Refiguring the Body

Examines how embodiment is conceived and experienced in South Asian religions.

Seeing Like the Buddha

Considers film as a form of Buddhist ritual and contemplative practice.

The Divine Quest, East and West

Looks at the concept of Ultimate Reality in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity.

Confucianism, A Habit of the Heart

Employs Robert Bellah’s notion of civil religion to explore East Asia’s Confucian revival.

Chinese Philosophy on Teaching and Learning

A translation and discussion of the central Confucian text on education, Xueji (On Teaching and Learning), influential in China from the Han dynasty to the present day.

Chinese Thought as Global Theory

Using Chinese thought, explores how non-Western thought can structure generally applicable social and political theory.

The Deep Ecology of Rhetoric in Mencius and Aristotle

Discusses philosophers Mencius and Aristotle as socio-ecological thinkers.

In the Shadows of the Dao

Challenges standard views of the origins of the Daodejing, revealing the work’s roots in a tradition of physical cultivation.

Embracing Our Complexity

Using the thought of Christian thinker Thomas Aquinas and Neo-Confucian Zhu Xi, explores how to exercise and limit authority.

Engaged Emancipation

A wide-ranging analysis of the Mokṣopāya, the Indian literary classic that teaches through storytelling how to enjoy an active, successful, worldly life in a spiritually enlightened way.

Returning to Zhu Xi

A reconsideration of Zhu Xi, known as the “great synthesizer” of Confucianism, which establishes him as an important thinker in his own right.

Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity

An overview of Daoist texts on passive meditation from the Latter Han through Tang periods.

Encounters of Mind

Discusses the journey of Buddhist ideas on awareness and personhood from India to China.

Confucian Propriety and Ritual Learning

A reconsideration of the Confucian concept li (ritual or ritual propriety), one that references Western philosophers as well as the Chinese context.

Whose Tradition? Which Dao?

Considers the notable similarities between the thought of Confucius and Wittgenstein.

Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character

A consideration of Confucian ethics that employs the work and concerns of the eminent comparative ethicist Joel J. Kupperman.

Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy

A wide ranging consideration of the work of contemporary ethicist David Wong.

Reconstructing the Confucian Dao

Discusses how Zhou Dunyi's thought became a cornerstone of neo-Confucianism.

Ritual and Religion in the Xunzi

Challenges traditional views to consider Xunzi as a religious thinker.

Beyond Oneness and Difference

Continues the author’s inquiry into the development of the Chinese philosophical concept Li, concluding in Song and Ming dynasty Neo-Confucianism.

Homegrown Gurus

Exploring homegrown movements and figures, proclaims “American Hinduism” as a distinct religious tradition.

Family in Buddhism

A wide-ranging exploration of Buddhism and family in Asia--from biological families to families created in monasteries.

The Way of Complete Perfection

Selected by Louis Komjathy
Translated by Louis Komjathy
Introduction by Louis Komjathy
Subjects: Religion And Spirituality

An anthology of English translations of primary texts of the Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) school of Daoism.

The Shaman and the Heresiarch

The first book-length study in English of the Chinese classic, the Li sao (Encountering Sorrow). Includes translations of the Li sao and the Nine Songs.

Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions

Discusses the notion of a spiritual master and looks at examples in a variety of world religions.

Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China

Explores the religious, political, and cultural significance attributed to music in early China.

Ironies of Oneness and Difference

Explores the development of Chinese thought, highlighting its concern with questions of coherence.

In the Company of Friends

Buddhist-Christian reflection that uses friendship as a model for interreligious understanding.

The Kyoto School

An accessible discussion of the thought of key figures of the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy.

Cultivating Spirituality

Four Shin Buddhist thinkers reflect on their tradition’s encounter with modernity.

The Old Master

A unique translation of and commentary on the Laozi, based on the oldest edition of the work.

This-Worldly Nibbana

A Buddhist feminist social ethics for contemporary times.

Visions of Unity

Presents the thought of a controversial Tibetan Buddhist thinker on the Yogācāra and Madhyamaka systems.

Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought

A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.

Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen

Explores the roles of Korean Buddhist nuns and laywomen from the Koryo period to the present.

Hinduism as a Missionary Religion

Reconsiders whether Hinduism can be considered a missionary religion.

Riding the Wind with Liezi

New attention and fresh perspectives on the classic, but neglected, text of Daoism, the Liezi.

Engaging South Asian Religions

Looks at Western understandings of South Asian religions and indigenous responses from pre-colonial to contemporary times.

Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art

Explores how Xu Bing and other contemporary Chinese artists use Western ideas within a Chinese cultural discourse.

Confucianism in Context

A wide-ranging consideration of Confucianism for Western readers.

Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously

A consideration of Confucian ethics as a living ethical tradition with contemporary relevance.

Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval China

Explores the new literary and interpretive milieu that emerged in the years following the decline of China’s Han dynasty.

One Religion Too Many

Enlightening encounters with the world's religions from a Hindu perspective.

Sacred Play

Explores the significance of levity and humor in South Asian religious traditions.

Methodologies of Comparative Philosophy

A much-needed consideration of methodology in comparative philosophy.

The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia

A wide-ranging, readable account of the Theravada Buddhist thought and practice in the Southeast Asian societies of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.

Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka

Looks at how a spiritual tradition can be appropriated by those involved in ethno-nationalist conflict.

Rorty, Pragmatism, and Confucianism

An engagement between Confucianism and the philosophy of Richard Rorty.

Yasodhara, the Wife of the Bodhisattva

Translations of two works from Sri Lanka on Yasodharā, the wife of the Buddha—an allusive and intriguing figure in Buddhist lore and literature.

Nirvana for Sale?

Explores the relationship between material prosperity and spirituality in contemporary Thai Buddhism.

Awareness Bound and Unbound

Essays from the singular experience of Buddhist social critic and philosopher David R. Loy on classic and contemporary concerns.

Mipam on Buddha-Nature

A comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Mipam’s work on emptiness and Buddha-nature.

Buddhism in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra

Explores the importance of Buddhism as it developed in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra (modern-day Andhra Pradesh) and its influence.

Democracy as Culture

Explores the significance of Dewey’s thought on democracy for the contemporary world.

Ritual and Deference

Brings Confucianism and Daoism into conversation with contemporary philosophy and the contemporary world situation.

One Korean's Approach to Buddhism

Insights into the experience and philosophy of Buddhism from a Korean perspective.

Religion and Democracy in Taiwan

A meticulous study of various Taiwanese religions and their relationships with democratic values and behaviors.

Buddhist Scriptures as Literature

Looks at a variety of Buddhist sacred writings as literature and includes insights from literary theory.

Singing Krishna

Introduces Paramānand, one of India’s poet-saints, his work, and this work’s use in ritual.

The Dharma's Gatekeepers

A study of the seminal Tibetan Buddhist work, Gateway to Learning.

From the May Fourth Movement to Communist Revolution

Using the life and work of influential Chinese writer Guo Moruo (1892–1978), reflects on China’s encounters with modernity, Communism, and capitalism.

The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought

Explores the issue of the perfectibility of nature in philosophy, psychology, and a variety of world religions.

Sacred Koyasan

Takes the reader on a pilgrimage to Mount Kōya, the holy Buddhist mountain in Japan.

The Empathic Ground

Brings Asian theories of consciousness into dialogue with Western psychotherapeutic practices.

The Hongzhou School of Chan Buddhism in Eighth- through Tenth-Century China

By Jinhua Jia
Subjects: Asian Studies

A comprehensive study of the Hongzhou school of Chan Buddhism, long regarded as the Golden Age of this tradition, using many previously ignored texts, including stele inscriptions.

Popularizing Buddhism

Explores the ritual practice of Buddhist preaching.

Embodying the Dharma

Edited by David Germano & Kevin Trainor
Subjects: Asian Studies

Examines the practice of relic veneration in a variety of forms of Buddhism.

Dealing with Deities

Explores the practice of taking ritual vows in South Asia, a lay tradition prevalent in the region’s religions.

Zen Sanctuary of Purple Robes

A fascinating look at a Zen convent throughout its history.

Confucian Cultures of Authority

Explores a wide range of Confucian-based cultures of authority in China.

Magical Progeny, Modern Technology

A Hindu bioethics of reproductive technology that references the Mahābhārata.

The Flood Myths of Early China

Explores how the flood myths of early China provided a template for that society’s major social and political institutions.

Rewriting Early Chinese Texts

Explores the rewriting of early Chinese texts in the wake of new archaeological evidence.

The Construction of Space in Early China

Shows how the emerging Chinese empire purposely reconceived but was also constrained by basic spatial units such as the body, the household, the region, and the world.

The Yijing and Chinese Politics

Discusses interpretations of the Yijing (the I Ching or Book of Changes) during the Northern Song period and how these illuminate the momentous changes in Chinese society during this era.

The Pristine Dao

A new reading of Daoism, arguing that it originated in a particular textual tradition distinct from Confucianism and other philosophical traditions of early China.

Mencius on Becoming Human

A new interpretation of the Confucian classic, the Mencius, based on both traditional sources and newly discovered documents.