Confucianism paper

Confucianism paper

6th edition

An Introduction .to the History of Eastern Thought –

Patrick S. Bresnan


Awakening: An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought engages stu- dents with lively anecdotes, essential primary and secondary sources, an accessible writing style, and a clear historical approach. The text focuses primarily on India, China, and Japan, while showing the relationships that exist between Eastern and Western traditions. Patrick Bresnan consistently links the past to the present, so students may see that Eastern traditions, however ancient their origins, are living traditions and relevant to modern times.

New to this Sixth Edition:

• A new introduction that provides a helpful overview of each of the nine- teen chapters and important connections between them

• An improved explanation of the nature of Vedanta philosophy, and a more logical organization of the Key Elements of the Upanishads in Chapter 3

• An extensive rewrite of Chapter 5, which deals with the subject of Ash- tanga Yoga as expressed in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

• A greatly improved presentation of Buddha’s “Four Noble Truths” in Chapter 10

• A total recasting of the teaching of Nagarjuna in the Madhyamaka sec- tion of Chapter 12

• A clearer and easier to understand presentation of the teaching of the Dao De Jing in Chapter 14

• A major revision of Chapter 18 so as to clearly distinguish Chinese Chan from Japanese Zen

• Greater emphasis throughout, where pertinent, on the role of meditation practice in all Eastern traditions

• Revised and updated Questions for Discussion at the end of each chapter • New photos and two newly produced videos prepared by the author for

the book’s companion website:

Patrick S. Bresnan is a retired professor of history and philosophy at De Anza College, Cupertino, California, where he created a four-quarter course, Intro- duction 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 Awaken- ing: 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).


An Introduction to of Eastern Thought

Sixth Edition

Patrick S. Bresnan

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