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Eastern Philosophy: The Greatest Thinkers and Sages from Ancient to Modern Times Hardcover – May 2, 2006


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Grade 9 Up–As its subtitle indicates, Burns's text is organized around people rather than ideas or chronology. The anonymous Upanishads get their own entry, but generally, uppercase or boldface personal names introduce specific philosophical positions. Eastern guidebooks often overlook Zoroastrianism and Islam, but Burns devotes a quarter of the space to them. Readers reach Gandhi, Mao, and Nishida in the 20th century, but not Falun Gong. Pace, vocabulary, allusions, and complex ideas mark this as a volume for advanced students; the writing is neither clear nor lively enough to entice beginners. The absence of summaries or digests of each philosophy makes this volume most useful for those seeking the contributions of individual thinkers. The typeface is small and faint, and the index is eye-defyingly compressed. Eastern Religions (Oxford, 2005), edited by Michael D. Coogan, has more than twice as many pages and full-color illustrations.–Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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"'Eastern' guidebooks often overlook Zoroastrianism and Islam, but Burns devotes a quarter of the space to them." -- School Library Journal, June 1, 2006
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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592700535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592700530
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,497,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Young on February 19, 2014
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As a long time meditator and student of eastern philosophy for over forty years I recommend this book as a very good general introduction into this vast and incredibly interesting subject. Even for an intermediate or advanced student this book will help to support, advance and even widen your base line of understanding. For example, if your are already primarily centered on buddhist or advaita vedanta disciples but, like me, know relatively little about Chinese based metaphysics then this book can serve to augment and broaden your understanding. This can then enable you to become better grounded in your search for the inner truth and experience that is available to all seekers of the perennial wisdom or as Paul Tilich described it, "The Ground of All Being." The book is also fun to read. So, check out the book and enjoy your journey into experiencing the unknown as it becomes known as knowledge based in direct experience through first through regular meditation and then validation of your experience through the investigation of Eastern Philosophy!
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Eastern Philosophy: The Greatest Thinkers And Sages From Ancient To Modern Times by Kevin Burns offers a descriptive survey of spiritual and philosophical figures from the dawn of history. Presenting more then fifty major figures, Eastern Philosophy offers readers a succinct understanding of the lives and messages of such influential sages as Mohandas Gandhi, Laozi, Al-Hallaj, Confucius, Al-Kindi, Zoroaster and the histories of such philosophies as Indian and Hindi, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Islamic, and Zoroastrianism. Eastern Philosophy is accessible and very highly recommended reading, especially for students of the great world religions and philosophies.
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