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Visions of Unity
Visions of Unity (December 2011)
The Golden Pandita Shakya Chokden's New Interpretation of Yogacara and Madhyamaka
Yaroslav Komarovski - Author

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

This landmark book discusses the thought of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Shakya Chokden (1428–1507) on the two major systems of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Influential and controversial in his own day, Shakya Chokden’s thought fell out of favor over time and his writings were eventually repr...(Read More)
 
 
Nagai Kafu's Occidentalism
Nagai Kafu's Occidentalism (November 2011)
Defining the Japanese Self
Rachael Hutchinson - Author

Describes how writer Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) used his experience of the West to reconcile modernization and Japanese identity.

Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) spent more time abroad than any other writer of his generation, firing the Japanese imagination with his visions of America and France. Applying the theoretical framework of Occidentalism to Japanese literature, Rachael Hutchinson explor...(Read More)
 
 
Women and Confucianism in Choson Korea
Women and Confucianism in Choson Korea (November 2011)
New Perspectives
Youngmin Kim - Editor
Michael J. Pettid - Editor

A new, multifaceted look at Korean women during a period of strong Confucian ideology.

This volume offers a fresh, multifaceted exploration of women and Confucianism in mid- to late-Choson Korea (mid-sixteenth to early twentieth century). Using primary sources and perspectives from social history, intellectual history, literature, and political thought, contributors challenge unitary views of Confucianism as a ...(Read More)
 
 
Yogi Heroes and Poets
Yogi Heroes and Poets (November 2011)
Histories and Legends of the Naths
David N. Lorenzen - Editor
Adrián Muñoz - Editor

An exploration of the history, religion, and folklore of the Nāths, a Hindu lineage known for Hatha yoga practice.

This book provides a remarkable range of information on the history, religion, and folklore of the Nāth Yogis. A Hindu lineage prominent in North India since the eleventh century, Nāths are well-known as adepts of Hatha yoga and alchemical practices said to increase longevity. Long a h...(Read More)
 
 
Kama's Flowers
Kama's Flowers (September 2011)
Nature in Hindi Poetry and Criticism, 1885-1925
Valerie Ritter - Author

Explores the transformation of Hindi poetry as it reflects a changing society during the period from 1885 to 1925.

Kāma’s Flowers documents the transformation of Hindi poetry during the crucial period of 1885–1925. As Hindi was becoming a national language and Indian nationalism was emerging, Hindi authors articulated a North Indian version of modernity by reenvisioning nature. While t...(Read More)
 
 
Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art
Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art (September 2011)
Cultural and Philosophical Reflections
Hsingyuan Tsao - Editor
Roger T. Ames - Editor

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

How Chinese is contemporary Chinese art? Treasured by collectors, critics, and art world cognoscenti, this art developed within an avant-garde that looked West to find a language to strike out against government control. Traditionally, Chinese artistic expression has been related to the structure and fun...(Read More)
 
 
Engaging South Asian Religions
Engaging South Asian Religions (May 2011)
Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances
Mathew N. Schmalz - Editor
Peter Gottschalk - Editor

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

Focusing on boundaries, appropriations, and resistances involved in Western engagements with South Asian religions, this volume considers both the pre- and postcolonial period in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It pays particular attention to contemporary controversies surrounding the study...(Read More)
 
 
One Religion Too Many
One Religion Too Many (May 2011)
The Religiously Comparative Reflections of a Comparatively Religious Hindu
Arvind Sharma - Author

Enlightening encounters with the world’s religions from a Hindu perspective.

One Religion Too Many is a Hindu pilgrim’s progress through the world’s religious traditions. An eminent scholar of comparative religion, Arvind Sharma provides a firsthand account of how he came to be a party to the dialogue of religions—first with his own religion, then with the comparative study of ...(Read More)
 
 
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought (May 2011)
Amy Olberding - Editor
Philip J. Ivanhoe - Editor

A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought is the definitive exploration of a complex and fascinating but little-understood subject. Arguably, death as a concept has not been nearly as central a preoccupation in Chinese culture as it has been in the West. However, even in a society that seems to understand death as a part of life, responses to mortality ...(Read More)
 
 
Hinduism as a Missionary Religion
Hinduism as a Missionary Religion (April 2011)
Arvind Sharma - Author

Reconsiders whether Hinduism can be considered a missionary religion.

Is Hinduism a missionary religion? Merely posing this question is a novel and provocative act. Popular and scholarly perception, both ancient and modern, puts Hinduism in the nonmissionary category. In this intriguing book, Arvind Sharma reopens the question. Examining the historical evidence from the major Hindu eras, the Vedic, classical, ...(Read More)
 
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