Download Wandering With Sadhus: Ascetics of the Hindu Himalayas by Sondra L. Hausner PDF

By Sondra L. Hausner

During this relocating ethnographic portrait of Hindu renouncers -- sadhus or ascetics -- in northern India and Nepal, Sondra L. Hausner considers a paradox that shapes their lives: whereas ostensibly outlined by way of their solitary religious perform, the stripping away of social commitments, and their holiday with family members and group, renouncers in reality frequently engage with "householder" society. They shape a specific, replacement neighborhood with its personal inner constitution, yet one who is no longer positioned in any unmarried position. hugely cellular and dispersed around the subcontinent, its individuals are on a regular basis introduced jointly via pilgrimage circuits on pageant cycles. Drawing on decades of fieldwork, Hausner provides intimate pix of person sadhus as she examines the shared perspectives of area, time, and the physique that create the floor for daily adventure. Written with an remarkable combination of empathy, compassion, and anthropological perception, this research will entice students, scholars, and normal readers alike.

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Download Teaching the Daode Jing (Teaching Religious Studies) by Gary Delaney DeAngelis, Visit Amazon's Warren G. Frisina PDF

By Gary Delaney DeAngelis, Visit Amazon's Warren G. Frisina Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Warren G. Frisina,

The Daode Jing, a hugely enigmatic paintings rooted in historical chinese language cosmology, ontology, metaphysics, and ethical considering, is frequently provided to varsity and high-school scholars in faith, philosophy, background, literature, Asian experiences, and arts classes. consequently, an ever-expanding staff of school with very varied backgrounds and coaching commonly confront the query: "How should still I train the Daode Jing?" Written for non-specialists who would possibly not have a history in historical chinese language tradition, the essays accrued during this quantity offer updated details on modern scholarship and lecture room innovations which were profitable in various instructing environments. A vintage textual content just like the Daode Jing generates debate between students and academics who ask questions like: may still we capitalize on well known curiosity within the Daode Jing in our study rooms? Which of the various translations and scholarly techniques ought we to take advantage of? Is it acceptable to consider the Daode Jing as a non secular textual content in any respect? those and different controversies are addressed during this quantity. individuals are recognized students of Daoism, together with Livia Kohn, Norman Girardot, Robert Henricks, Russell Kirkland, Hans-Georg Moeller, corridor Roth, and Michael LaFargue. additionally, there are essays via Eva Wong (Daoist practitioner), David corridor (philosophy), Gary DeAngelis (mysticism), and a together written essay on pedagogical innovations by means of Judith Berling, Geoffrey Foy, and John Thompson (Chinese religion).

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Download The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism by Michael Stausberg, Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina, Anna PDF

By Michael Stausberg, Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina, Anna Tessmann

This can be the 1st ever complete English-language survey of Zoroastrianism, one of many oldest dwelling religions * calmly divided into 5 thematic sections starting with an advent to Zoroaster/Zarathustra and concluding with the intersections of Zoroastrianism and different religions * displays the worldwide nature of Zoroastrian stories with contributions from 34 overseas professionals from 10 nations * offers Zoroastrianism as a cluster of dynamic old and contextualized phenomena, reflecting the present pattern to maneuver clear of textual essentialism within the research of faith

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Download The A to Z of Sikhism (The a to Z Guide) by W. H. McLeod PDF

By W. H. McLeod

Opposite to renowned opinion, there's extra to Sikhism than the designated costume. firstly, there's the emergence of Guru Nanak, the founding father of Sikhism, and the lengthy line of his successors. There are the precepts, many relating to liberation in the course of the divine identify or nam. there's a rather turbulent heritage within which the Sikhs have fought to confirm their ideals and withstand exterior domination that maintains to today. there's additionally, extra lately, the dispersion from the Punjab in the course of the remainder of India and directly to Europe and the Americas. With this emigration Sikhism has turn into significantly much less unique, yet hardly ever greater recognized to outsiders. This reference is a superb position to benefit extra in regards to the faith. It offers a chronology of occasions, a quick advent that provides a basic evaluate of the faith, and a dictionary with numerous hundred entries, which current the professionals and different leaders, hint the really complicated heritage, expound many of the precepts and ideas, describe the various rites and rituals, and clarify the that means of diverse similar expressions. All this, besides a bibliography, offers readers with an informative and obtainable advisor towards realizing Sikhism.

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Download Early Chinese Religion, Part 2: The Period of Division by author, J. Lagerwey, P. Lu PDF

By author, J. Lagerwey, P. Lu

After the Warring States, taken care of partly one among this set, there is not any extra fecund period in chinese language non secular and cultural historical past than the interval of department (220-589 AD). in the course of it, Buddhism conquered China, Daoism grew right into a mature faith with self reliant associations, and, including Confucianism, those 3 teachings, having every one received its proportion of country popularity and help, shaped a united entrance opposed to shamanism. whereas all 4 religions are lined, Buddhism and Daoism obtain detailed realization in a sequence of parallel chapters on their pantheons, rituals, sacred geography, group association, canon formation, influence on literature, and up to date archaeological discoveries. This multi-disciplinary strategy, with out ignoring philosophical and theological concerns, brings into sharp concentration the social and old matrices of chinese language faith.

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Download Yoga, karma, and rebirth : a brief history and philosophy by Stephen Phillips PDF

By Stephen Phillips

For critical yoga practitioners curious to understand the traditional origins of the artwork, Stephen Phillips, a qualified thinker and sanskritist with a long-standing own perform, lays out the philosophies of motion, wisdom, and devotion in addition to the strategies of meditation, reasoning, and self-analysis that shaped the root of yoga in old and classical India and proceed to form it today.

In discussing yoga's basic commitments, Phillips explores conventional teachings of hatha yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and tantra, and indicates how such center options as self-monitoring attention, karma, nonharmfulness ( ahimsa), reincarnation, and the powers of awareness relate to fashionable perform. He outlines values implicit in bhakti yoga and the tantric yoga of good looks and artwork and explains the occult psychologies of koshas, skandhas, and chakras. His publication contains unique translations from the early Upanishads, the...

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