Asian Religion and Philosophy

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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.

Mipam on Buddha-Nature

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

The Bhagavad Gītā

An interlinear edition of the spiritual classic that provides devanagari, transliterated Sanskrit, and English versions of the Gītā.

One Korean's Approach to Buddhism

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

Buddhist Scriptures as Literature

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

Stairway to Nirvāna

Discusses an essential Tibetan Buddhist work that shows how Noble Beings progress toward enlightenment.

Religion and Democracy in Taiwan

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

Yoga and the Luminous

A fresh look at Yoga philosophy.

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 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.

Sacred Kōyasan

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.

Popularizing Buddhism

Explores the ritual practice of Buddhist preaching.

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.

Liberation as Affirmation

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

Dealing with Deities

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

Embodying the Dharma

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

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.

Rewriting Early Chinese Texts

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

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.

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.

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.

Gandhi's Pilgrimage of Faith

Documents the lifelong journey of faith—full of challenges along the way—that made Gandhi the enlightened spiritual leader we revere.

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.

Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedānta

Explores deep sleep (susupti), one of the three states of consciousness in Advaita Vedanta, and the major role it plays in this philosophy.

Bashō's Haiku

A wonderful new translation of the poetry of Basho—Zen monk, poet of nature, and master of the haiku form.

Female Ascetics in Hinduism

Provides both a first-hand look at and an insightful analysis of a little-known world—that of female ascetics in India.

Chinese Philosophy in an Era of Globalization

Chinese and Western thinkers consider the Chinese philosophical tradition and Chinese philosophy for the contemporary global era.

Reconciling Yogas

Presents the various religious approaches to Yoga described by Haribhadra, the eighth-century sage, who held a universal view of religion. Includes a translation of his original text on Yoga.

A Chinese Reading of the Daodejing

Presenting the commentary of the third-century sage Wang Bi, this book provides a Chinese way of reading the Daodejing, one which will surprise Western readers.

The Penumbra Unbound

Explores the work of Guo Xiang, a Neo-Taoist thinker who developed a radical philosophy of freedom and spontaneity.

Timing and Rulership in Master Lü's Spring and Autumn Annals (Lüshi chunqiu)

Explores proper timing and the arts of rulership in the work that inspired China's first emperor.

The Sūtra of Perfect Enlightenment

Translated by A. Charles Muller
Introduction by A. Charles Muller
Subjects: Asian Studies
Series: SUNY series in Korean Studies

A concise guide to the key practice systems of the East Asian Meditational schools Ch'an, Son, and Zen.

Asceticism in Early Taoist Religion

Using a wide variety of original sources, this book examines how and why early Taoists carried out such ascetic practices as fasting, celibacy, sleep deprivation, and wilderness seclusion.

Open Boundaries

Enlarges our understanding of Jainism, one of the oldest yet least-studied of the world's living religions, by challenging the standard scholarly portraits of both Jains and South Asian religion and culture.

Buddhahood Embodied

Provides many new translations of original texts formative of Mahayana concepts of Enlightenment and resolves the 1200-year-old controversy between Indian and Tibetan views of the meaning of buddhahood.

A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy

This new and revised edition provides a comprehensive dictionary of Indian philosophical terms. Terms are provided in both devanagari and roman transliteration along with their English translations.

The Korean Neo-Confucianism of Yi T'oegye and Yi Yulgok

This is a study of the most significant debate in Korean Neo-Confucianism between the two most eminent Neo-Confucian thinkers, summarizing their philosophies and providing refreshing insights into Confucian language and culture.


This book presents a wide range of information about Ganapati or Ganesh, the Hindu Lord of Beginnings, the Remover of Obstacles, the Keeper of the Threshold, and the Master of the Mind. He is elephant-headed, plump, and loveable, but who is he really?

Meditations on Shiva

Utpaladeva's poetry serves, and has for a thousand years served, as a guidebook for the spiritual path, providing words to express the otherwise ineffable experiences of personal transformation.

Mind as Mirror and the Mirroring of Mind

Rooted in the insights of Madhyamika dialectic and an articulated Zazen phenomenology, this study uncovers and examines the methodological presuppositions undergirding the work of Husserl, Sartre, and ...

The Four-Seven Debate

This book is an annotated translation, with introduction and commentary, of the correspondence between Yi Hwang (T'oegye, 1500-1570) and Ki Taesung (Kobong, 1527-1572) and between Yi I (Yulgok, 1536-1584) ...

Problems and Perspectives in Religious Discourse

Religious discourse uses ordinary language in an extraordinary way. This book surveys Western and Indian discussions of the nature and aspects of religious discourse. It presents the first cross-cultural ...

Self as Person in Asian Theory and Practice

This book is a sequel to Self as Body in Asian Theory and Practice (SUNY, 1992) and anticipates a third book, Self as Image in Asian Theory and Practice. In order to address issues as diverse as the promotion ...

Dōgen and the Kōan Tradition

This book has three major goals in critically examining the historical and philosophical relation between the writings of Dōgen and the Zen koan tradition. First, it introduces and evaluates recent Japanese ...

The Body, Self-Cultivation, and Ki-Energy

An inquiry into ki-energy, its role within Eastern mind-body theory, and its implications for our contemporary Western understanding of the body.

Studying the Sikhs

This basic guide and resource book targets four fields—religious studies, history, world literature, and ethnic or migration studies—in which Sikhism is now receiving greater attention. The authors ...

Vasiṣṭha's Yoga

This is Swami Venkatesananda's longer Yoga Vasistha. His two volume book is here offered between two covers. Its purpose is to provide a means to eliminate psychological conditioning and to attain liberation. ...

Shankara and Indian Philosophy

According to Advaita-Vedanta, God or Brahman is identical with the inner self (the Atman) of each person, while the rest of the world is nothing but objective illusion (maya). Shankara maintains that ...

Buddhism After Patriarchy

This book surveys both the part women have played in Buddhism historically and what Buddhism might become in its post-patriarchal future. The author completes the Buddhist historical record by discussing ...

Attunement Through the Body

Preparatory to restoring humaneness,Attunement Through the Body offers an innovative, philosophical model for overcoming mind-body dualism and its negative consequences through a systematic elucidation ...

The Tao of the Tao Te Ching

In this new translation and commentary, LaFargue interprets the concept of "Tao" in the Tao Te Ching as a spiritual state of mind cultivated in a particular school in ancient China‚ a state of mind ...

Intuition and Reflection in Self-Consciousness

Nishida Kitaro's reformulation of the major issues of Western philosophy from a Zen standpoint of "absolute nothingness" and "absolutely contradictory self-identity" represents the boldest speculative ...