Philo & Religion

Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity and Chinese Culture

Author: 
Tang Yi-Jie

ConfucianismThis book collects the 25 most important articles written by Professor Tang since the 1980s, dealing extensively with issues of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity and Chinese culture. In these articles, Professor Tang proves his value as a worthy successor to the Chinese philosophical tradition, while also open to the latest trends of thought both at home and abroad.

A Buddhist Spectrum:

Author: 
Marco Pallis

A Buddhist Spectrum is a collection of essays by Marco Pallis concerning Buddhism. Pallis offers the reader a series of profound comparisons and insights concerning the diverse spiritual doctrines of Buddhism and Christianity. Prompting a dialogue on both practical and metaphysical matters, A Buddhist Spectrum informatively and thoughtfully delves into such matters as whether there truly is such a problem as Evil; the question of whether Buddhism allows for 'grace'; the concept of dharma; musical polyphony, and more.

Can Humanity Change?

Author: 
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Many have considered Buddhism to be the religion closest in spirit to J. Krishnamurti's spiritual teaching—even though the great teacher was famous for urging students to seek truth outside organized religion. This record of a historic encounter between Krishnamurti and a group of Buddhist scholars provides a unique opportunity to see what the great teacher had to say himself about Buddhist teachings. The conversations, which took place in London in the late 1970s, focused on human consciousness and its potential for transformation.

A comparative history of ideas

Author: 
Hajime Nakamura
Nakamura argues with remarkable erudition that particular intellectual and social developments can be traced in all great cultures; that each culture deals with its problems in about the same order. Discussing ideads from India, China, Japan and Europe, the author considers such inclusive notions as the concept of God, the controversy over universals and the nature of orthodoxy and heterodoxy. This is a lucid and rewarding book which sets a new standard for dealing with a history of thought across many cultures.

Imagining Karma

Author: 
Gananath Obeyesekere

With Imagining Karma, Gananath Obeyesekere embarks on the very first comparison of rebirth concepts across a wide range of cultures. Exploring in rich detail the beliefs of small-scale societies of West Africa, Melanesia, traditional Siberia, Canada, and the northwest coast of North America, Obeyesekere compares their ideas with those of the ancient and modern Indic civilizations and with the Greek rebirth theories of Pythagoras, Empedocles, Pindar, and Plato.

The Sacred and The Profane

Author: 
Mircea Eliade

In The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that while contemporary people believe their world is entirely profane, or secular, they still at times find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred. It's this premise that both drives Eliade's exhaustive exploration of the sacred—as it has manifested in space, time, nature and the cosmos, and life itself—and buttresses his expansive view of the human experience.