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.

The Uttaratantra in the Land of Snows

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

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.

Re-ending the Mahabharata

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

The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many

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

Self-Realization through Confucian Learning

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

The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn

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

Understanding the Analects of Confucius

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

Refiguring the Body

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

Korean Religions in Relation

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

Seeing Like the Buddha

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

Zhuangzi's Critique of the Confucians

Looks at the Daoist Zhuangzi's critique of Confucianism.

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 Thought as Global Theory

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

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.

The Deep Ecology of Rhetoric in Mencius and Aristotle

Discusses philosophers Mencius and Aristotle as socio-ecological thinkers.

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.

Sacred Matters

Explores how objects shape the worlds of religious participants across a range of South Asian traditions.

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.

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.

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.

Encounters of Mind

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

Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character

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

Ritual and Religion in the Xunzi

Challenges traditional views to consider Xunzi as a religious thinker.

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.

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.

In the Company of Friends

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

Ironies of Oneness and Difference

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

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.

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

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

Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions

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

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.

Visions of Unity

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

This-Worldly Nibbana

A Buddhist feminist social ethics for contemporary times.

Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen

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

Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought

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

Engaging South Asian Religions

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

Riding the Wind with Liezi

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

Hinduism as a Missionary Religion

Reconsiders whether Hinduism can be considered a missionary religion.

Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art

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

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.

Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously

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

Confucianism in Context

A wide-ranging consideration of Confucianism for Western readers.

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.

Rorty, Pragmatism, and Confucianism

An engagement between Confucianism and the philosophy of Richard Rorty.

Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka

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

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.

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.

Mipam on Buddha-Nature

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

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.

Singing Krishna

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

Religion and Democracy in Taiwan

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

The Talent of Shu

Presents the intellectual world of early medieval Sichuan through a critical biography of historian and classicist Qiao Zhou.

The Dharma's Gatekeepers

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

The Politics of Mourning in Early China

Looks at mourning practices during the Han dynasty to reassess whether filial piety was the overriding model for society and governance in early China.

The Fall of the Indigo Jackal

Contemporary critical theory is brought to the consideration of caste in the Pañcatantra, one of the best-known cycles of Indian tales.

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.

Confucianism and Women

Challenges accepted beliefs that Confucianism is a cause of women’s oppression and explores Confucianism as an ethical system compatible with gender parity.

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.

Liberation as Affirmation

Uses the concept of religiosity to challenge traditional views of Nietzsche and Zhuangzi as nihilistic and anti-religious.

Iron Eyes

Looks at the contributions of a major figure in Buddhism and provides translations of his writings.

Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death

A fascinating look at Buddhist, especially Tibetan, views of death and their implications for a Buddhist bioethics.

Zen Sanctuary of Purple Robes

A fascinating look at a Zen convent throughout its history.

Magical Progeny, Modern Technology

A Hindu bioethics of reproductive technology that references the Mahābhārata.

On Buddhism

By Keiji Nishitani
Translated by Seisaku Yamamoto & Robert E. Carter
Introduction by Robert E. Carter
Foreword by Jan Van Bragt
Subjects: Asian Studies

Six lectures by eminent Buddhist thinker Keiji Nishitani reflecting on Buddhism for the modern world.

Confucian Cultures of Authority

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

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 Teachings and Practices of the Early Quanzhen Taoist Masters

Explores the religion developed by the Quanzhen Taoists, who sought to cultivate the mind not only through seated meditation, but also throughout the daily activities of life.

John Dewey, Confucius, and Global Philosophy

Bringing together the philosophies of John Dewey and Confucius, this work illustrates a means for cultural interaction and provides a model of global philosophy.