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Author: Michael Jordan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 1858682789
The Twentieth Century has been an era of materialism and immense upheaval and as we approach the new millennium many living in affluent Western societies have turned to the philosophies of the East for solace and inspiration. This trend is reflected in the vast number of spiritual opportunities now available – many practice physical disciplines such as yoga; followers of Zen have developed communities throughout the world; and Hindu temples and Taoist healing centres are appearing in Western cities and towns. This accessibility has itself led to a deepening interest in Eastern religions. The new openness of people to a variety of spiritual paths is not just indicative of a wish for fundamental change but of a feeling that the exploration of faiths other than one’s own does not undermine one’s traditional values and can help to clarify and support them. It is from this standpoint that Eastern Wisdom has been written. Each of the major religions of Asia is discussed, from the most ancient of Hindu beliefs to the most modern sects and practices.
Eastern Wisdom is an indispensable, illustrated reference guide to the beliefs of the East. Michael Jordan’s text explains hard-to-grasp concepts, philosophies and mythologies in an approachable and interesting manner, providing a unique exploration of these increasingly popular beliefs.
Eastern Wisdom provides an in-depth and accessible introduction to the major faiths and philosophies of India, China and Japan. The book focuses not only on the inner spirit of the East-the religious teachings, scriptures, lives of teachers, ethics and morals-but also on its outer manifestation in the world through rituals, myths, architecture, holy places and symbols. The interplay between the historical, cultural and religious beliefs of each of the Eastern traditions is explored and illustrated, with difficult concepts illuminated and explained.
Eastern Wisdom also looks at the way in which these beliefs are now influencing and enlightening Western society as we approach the new millennium.