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Author: Yukki Yaura,Lorraine Harrison,C. Scott Littleton
ISBN13: 978-1900131131
Title: The Sacred East: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto
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Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers (October 7, 1999)
Pages: 176

The Sacred East: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto by Yukki Yaura,Lorraine Harrison,C. Scott Littleton

Like Hinduism, Buddhism allows religious divergence. Unlike it, though, Buddhism rejects ritual and the caste system. While a global religion, Buddhism today most commonly lies in such areas of the Far East as China, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma. A recognized denomination of Buddhism is Zen Buddhism, which attempts to transmit the ideas of Buddhism without requiring acceptance of all of the teachings of Buddha. While some Chinese still practice Confucianism and Taoism, these religions have lost much of their impetus due to resistance from today's Communist government. However, some concepts of Taoism, like reincarnation, have found an expression in modern New Age religions.

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Professor C Scott Littleton is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Occidental College, Los Angeles.

Clearly written, with striking full-color imag Increasingly, seekers in the West are embracing the traditions of the East as a way to find meaning amid life's contrasts and confusions.

Increasingly, seekers in the West are embracing the traditions of the East as a way to find meaning amid life's contrasts and confusions. Clearly written, with striking full-color images on every page, The Sacred East traces these enduring beliefs from their earliest origins to their present forms

Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism are eastern religions and philosophies that have been practiced by millions of people for centuries. Each encourages moral behavior, charity and respect for the universe. Confucianism is based on the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius. Confucianism, like Buddhism, is about following teachings rather than worshiping a deity. The teachings suppose that all humans are essentially good and this goodness must be practiced toward fellow humans. Politeness, virtue, righteousness, propriety and moral wisdom are essential components of a good person. Elders and ancestors are to be held in reverence as they give life to their children.

Superficially, Hinduism appears to be a true polytheistic religion. Countless deities, gods, goddesses, and incarnations abound, and are defined in sacred Hindu texts, such as the Regveda, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Upanishads. Yet the Hindu acknowledges a "supreme reality" in Brahman. Smith 60) Two fundamentally different perceptions of God (Brahman) persist. Shinto, the oldest and one of the major religions of Japan, tells us that proximate achievement is just as important as ultimate achievement. A Shintoist learns to commune with the natural world; harmony with nature and man's surroundings is an ideal of Shinto.

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I’ve got to say it: This book deals with 5 major spiritual/ philosophical systems of the East that still have relevance today: Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. Common words and phrases have seeped through to the West and are understood, used, and practiced.

The topic of this book deals with some places in which I have travelled.

This 2003 soft-cover book with flaps has 176 semi-glossy pages, almost of which contain at least 1 color photo or graphic (hand-drawn map, information box, etc.).

The back cover lists the following bullet points about this book, which: 1. “Includes more than 100 full-color illustrations and photographs of sacred art, architecture, symbols, landscapes, ceremonies and festivals. 2. Illuminates the many profound ideas from the East that have entered the spiritual vocabulary of the West, including meditation, karma and enlightenment. 3. Describes and explains the religious practices of the Eastern world, from sacred ceremonies to individual acts of faith. 4. Places beliefs and rituals in the social and historical contexts in which the developed. And 5. Depicts through specially commissioned full-colour maps the extent and spread of traditions.”

The back flap lists the main author and editor as Professor C. Scott Littleton, who wrote 2 sections of this book: the Introduction and Shinto. He earned all 3 of his degrees at UCLA in Anthropology, Indo-European mythology and folklore; has had 2 Fulbright Research Fellowships; taught at Waseda University and the University of Tokyo; and has written many publications about Shinto.

The front flap states the following: “The east has long been regarded as a source of profound and universal ideas about mind and body and the world around us. Increasingly, its traditions are being embraced by the West as a way of making order out of life’s contrasts and confusions.”

The Introduction states that the 5 systems discussed in this book “together command the devotion of well over half of the human race, and the range and variation within each of these religious and philosophical traditions is vast.”

This book was published by Duncan Baird Publishers, London.

The Contents contain the 5 main belief Sections. Buy the book to read the sub-Sections, look at the photos and read the maps.
Section 1: Hinduism
Section 2: Buddhism
Section 3: Confucianism
Section 4: Daoism
Section 5: Shinto

Next, there are the following:
1. Glossary
2. Further reading (Bibliography)
3. Index
4. Picture Credits

This book should be on the personal library shelves of all people who are interested in the 5 sacred belief systems of the East. However, this book won’t stay on that shelf for long; it will end up on the coffee table to be picked up, paged through, and read.
This is a great book on Eastern Religions that encompass religious, cultural, and social aspects!