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Visions of Sukhavati
Visions of Sukhavati (August 1995)
Shan-tao's Commentary on the Kuan wu-liang-shou-Fo ching
Julian F. Pas - Author

One of the masters of Pure Land Buddhism shows how to have a vision of the Land Sukhavati and its Lord by using the sutra as a manual of visualization.
The Pure Land movement focuses on the worship of one particular Buddha, Amitabha or Amitayus who created a paradise named Sukhavati, Land of Extreme Bliss. The scriptures of this school promise rebirth in that Land to the devotees of that Buddha. It was considered to be an "easy way" to ga...(Read More)
From Early Vedanta to Kashmir Shaivism
From Early Vedanta to Kashmir Shaivism (July 1995)
Gaudapada, Bhartrhari, and Abhinavagupta
Natalia Isayeva - Author

This book clarifies the relationship between God and the creation for Gaudapada, Bhartrhari, and Shankara, and by doing so, demonstrates a major continuity of thought from Gaudapada through Bhartrhari to Abhinavagupta and Kashmir Shaivism.
This book deals with one of the most interesting periods in the development of Indian religious and philosophical traditions. Starting with the teaching of the proto-vedantist philosopher Gaudapada, an...(Read More)
Ganapati (July 1995)
Song of the Self
John A. Grimes - Author

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?

Ganapati is the Hindu Lord of Beginnings, the Keeper of the Threshold, the Remover of Obstacles, Master of the Mind, Son of Siva, Elephant-headed, plump, and loveable. This...(Read More)
Japan in Traditional and Postmodern Perspectives
Japan in Traditional and Postmodern Perspectives (July 1995)
Charles Wei-hsun Fu - Editor
Steven Heine - Editor

This book displays the uniqueness and creativity of Japan in terms of the interplay between traditional and postmodern perspectives. It deals with the traditional elements in Japanese culture in the light of or in contrast to postmodernism.
In this book, each of the chapters offers an analysis of the origins and development of an important aspect of Japanese culture, including religion (Pure Land Buddhism and Zen, Shinto and folk religio...(Read More)
Japanese Aesthetics and Culture
Japanese Aesthetics and Culture (July 1995)
A Reader
Nancy G. Hume - Editor

This anthology is intended to supplement courses in which Japanese aesthetics and culture are taught. The essays assume little background knowledge; they do represent seminal thought in literary, cultural, and aesthetic criticism, and are well known to scholars for their clarity and straightforward exposition, making them especially useful to the Westerner who does not speak Japanese.

Some of the essays provide a general introduction to the b...(Read More)
Literary India
Literary India (July 1995)
Comparative Studies in Aesthetics, Colonialism, and Culture
Patrick Colm Hogan - Editor
Lalita Pandit - Editor

This book analyzes a variety of materials from the Indian literary tradition. examining both its indigenous development and its relation to the West, and developing ideas from cultural criticism, literary theory, linguistics, and Indology.
"The breadth of discussion of Indian literature is impressive. Texts analyzed range from classical Sanskrit works to contemporary films. Moreover, the use of comparative literature methodologies is ce...(Read More)
Scientism and Humanism
Scientism and Humanism (July 1995)
Two Cultures in Post-Mao China (1978-1989)
Shiping Hua - Author

This book is a study of the transformation of Chinese political consciousness during the post-Mao era. Departing from the common wisdom of the day that Deng Xiaoping's pragmatic-oriented reform has made ideological discussions irrelevant, this book holds that while it is probably true that no single, fixed ideology has existed during the period, the ideological dimensions not only have persisted, but also can be analyzed systematically.

"This book surveys many themes. Although rooted in cultural and religious matters, it is also a good historical review of the Theravada tradition. Buddhism in Southeast Asia is spiritually and culturally very dynamic, but it also ha...(Read More)
India's Agony Over Religion
India's Agony Over Religion (February 1995)
Gerald James Larson - Author

Presents the contemporary religious crisis in India, providing historical perspective and focusing on the crises in Punjab, Kashmir, and Ayodhya.
"It is comprehensive in its approach to the contemporary crises. I found it to be an extremely interesting book to read." -- Ramchandra Gandhi
"It is precisely Larson's competence in classical indology that permitted him to explain so lucidly and perceptively the present Indian situation--a...(Read More)
The Thorny Gates of Learning in Sung China
The Thorny Gates of Learning in Sung China (February 1995)
A Social History of Examinations, New Edition
John W. Chaffee - Author

This book explores the profound cultural impact of the civil service examinations during the period when they first became the primary means of government recruitment.
"Chaffee places the increase in size of the elite in a dynamic context, showing the consequences of successive developments over the three centuries of Sung rule. He offers cogent summaries of complex institutional developments, devises imaginative ways to analyze the stat...(Read More)
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