Awakening: An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought





Author: Bresnan Patrick S.

Edition: 7

Package Dimensions: 0x0x788

Number Of Pages: 560

Release Date: 28-12-2021

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Awakening: An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought provides the reader with a thorough and valuable overview of the historical development of the major Eastern religious and philosophical traditions, primarily in India, China, and Japan. The book is written in an engaging style that contains a variety of anecdotes, analogies, definitions, and supporting quotes from primary and secondary sources. Awakening helps the reader to recognize the interrelationships that exist among the various traditions, to appreciate the relevance of these traditions to the concerns of modern times, and to understand the major issues of interpretation regarding these traditions. The primary focus of Awakening is Hinduism and Buddhism, and they serve as the broad umbrellas that include a number of specific schools, each of which is treated individually. Other schools–such as Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto–are included at the appropriate place.

Awakening is for all students and interested readers, whether new to the study of Eastern thought or not.

New to the Seventh Edition:- A new Introduction- A clearer definition and explanation of “Yoga” (throughout Part 1)- A rewrite of the Aryan Migration section in Chapter 1, bringing it in line with current research- An added sub-chapter to Chapter 6, dealing with Kundalini Yoga- Further clarification of the meaning of Anatman in Chapter 10- Some further clarification of Madhyamaka in Chapter 12- Emphasis on the contribution of Daoism to Chan Buddhism- Clearer presentation of the Life of Buddha (Legend vs. Reality)- Updated Study Questions- Two new videos added to the companion website

Key Features:- An historical overview that attempts to show the development of Eastern philosophies, both within the individual traditions as well as within a broad but loosely unified system of thought- Abundantly uses stories in chapter overviews to engage student readers and to better explain Eastern thought- No background in Asian studies, philosophy, or religious studies is presumed, allowing any student to greatly benefit from reading this book- A functional, visually attractive web site with author-produced videos on the content of the book, scores of pictures, and a comprehensive section on meditation


Praise for the Sixth Edition:
“The high praises attached to Awakening should not come as a surprise. This is the sixth edition of Awakening, and Bresnan has made significant changes in each edition―clarifying his presentations, honing the questions, and adding new elements. . . . [It] is truly a testament to a great educator who is well-versed in a wide range of Eastern traditions and philosophies.” Paul J. D’Ambrosio in Teaching Philosophy

About the Author

Patrick S. Bresnan is a retired professor of history and philosophy at De Anza College, Cupertino, California, where he created a four-quarter course, Introduction to Eastern Philosophy, dealing with the historical development of the major philosophical traditions of Asian countries. That, plus extensive travel and study in Asia, resulted in the production of the college-level text Awakening: An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought. Other books by Patrick S. Bresnan include Them: The Adventures of a College Classroom Teacher (2012) and The Amazing Meditation Revolution: West Meets East (2013).

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