Brahman and Dao

Brahman and Dao : Comparative Studies of Indian and Chinese Philosophy and Religion

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Although there are various studies comparing Greek and Indian philosophy and religion, and Chinese and Western philosophy and religion, Brahman and Dao: Comparatives Studies in Indian and Chinese Philosophy and Religion is a first of its kind that brings together Indian and Chinese philosophies and religions. Brahman and Dao helps close the gap on a much needed examination on the rich history of Buddhist transmission to China, and the many generations of Indian Buddhist missionaries to China and Chinese Buddhist pilgrims to India, including the legendary Bodhidharma, and Faxian and Xuanzang.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 157.48 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 599.99g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 7 Tables, unspecified; 13 Halftones, black and white
  • 0739171720
  • 9780739171721

Table of contents

Acknowledgments List of Contributors Introduction Part One: Metaphysics and Soteriology Chapter 1: One, Water, and Cosmogony: Reflections on the Rgveda X.129 and the Taiyi sheng shui Chapter Two: Exploring Parallels between the Philosophy of Upanisads and Daoism Chapter Three: The Way of silent Realization: Ineffability and Rationality in the Philosophical Mysticisms of Sa?kara and Zhan Ruoshui Chapter Four: Impermanence and Immortality: The concept of panca-skandha in Buddhism and in Twofold Mystery Daoism Section Two: Ethics Chapter Five: Li and Dharma: Gandhi, Confucius and Virtue Aesthetics Chapter Six: Ethics and Metaphysics in the Bhagavadgita and Classical Chinese Thought Chapter Seven: Communal Moral Personhood and Moral Responsibility in the Analects and the Bhagavadgita Chapter Eight: Ethics of Compassion: Buddhist Karu?a and Confucian Ren Chapter Nine: Why "Besire" Is Not Bizarre: Moral Knowledge in Confucianism and Hinduism Section Three: Body, Health and Spirituality Chapter Ten: Yoga and Daoyin: History, Worldview, and Techniques Chapter Eleven: The Emergence of Classical Medicine in Ancient China and India Chapter Twelve: Health, Illness, and the Body in Buddhist and Daoist Self-Cultivation Section Four: Language and Culture Chapter Thirteen: Indic Influence on Chinese Language Chapter Fourteen: Magical Alphabet in the Indian and Chinese Minds: From the Garland of Letters to Master Pu'an's Siddham Mantra Chapter Fifteen: Mixed up on "Matching Terms" (geyi): Confusions in Cross-cultural Translation Chapter Sixteen: The Ludic Quality of Life: A Comparison of the Caitanaya-caritam?ta and the Zhuangzi Chapter Seventeen: The Poet and the Historian: Criticism of the Modern Age by Rabindranath Tagore and Qian Mu
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This volume will contribute to broadening the horizons of comparative philosophy and religion, and for that reason I highly recommend it to scholars of Indian and Chinese traditions and anyone who is interested in what can be learned from cross-cultural explorations. Frontiers of Philosophy in China The editors who dreamt up this volume of essays on Brahman and Dao were walking in the right direction. Religions of South Asia China and India have the richest and most influential spiritual and philosophic traditions in Asia and have been in contact with each other for two millennia, yet comparative studies of these two civilizations and their relationship with each other have been few. The fine essays in this volume bridge this gap by exploring the similarities and dissimilarities between the two traditions in the areas of metaphysics, ethics, medicine, spirituality, language, and culture. Theodor and Yao are to be commended for providing us with such an insightful and multi-dimensional understanding of the complex spiritual traditions of these two enormously influential cultures. -- Keith Knapp, The Citadel This is a thoughtful and bold collection of essays that seeks genuinely to engage across Indian and Chinese traditions on a wide variety of issues. It represents the emerging field of comparativist study of Indian and Chinese materials that will surely be a significant area of twenty-first century global philosophy. This book offers a scholarly yet accessible presentation of illuminating comparisons between Indian and Chinese sources. -- Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Lancaster University
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About Zhihua Yao

Ithamar Theodor is a scholar of Hinduism. A graduate of the Theology Faculty, University of Oxford, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, he is lecturer at the University of Haifa and visiting scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Zhihua Yao is associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests cover Buddhist philosophy, Indian philosophy, and philosophy of religion.
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