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The Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy and Religion

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The Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy & Religion provides a thorough discussion of the most widely practices belief systems of the East. Author Diane Morgan understands how to direct the materialistic, linear way of Western thinking toward a comprehension of the cyclical, metaphysical essence of Eastern philosophy. With an emphasis on the tenets and customs that Wester ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 25th 2001 by St. Martin's Griffin
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John
Feb 28, 2013 John rated it really liked it
A great place to start...
Jared
Any book claiming to be the best guide in any philosophy or religion that is under 400 pages deserves immediate skepticism. The book isn't bad but it really doesn't strike me as being anything approaching 'The Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy and Religion'. The very title sets the bar too high for a person like me who has an insatiable appetite for knowledge.

Honestly, it is more or less just an introduction to from what the west regards as the eastern's foreign way of thinking. Personally, I go
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Cole Blouin
Jul 09, 2013 Cole Blouin rated it really liked it
It was, for me, a very important book to read at a very decisive point in my life, and really helped me change for the better into the person I am today. The book itself has good points and bad points: it seems that, at times, it delves into the history of the religions rather than the religion itself. I was hoping, basically, for an introduction to each religion (or school of thought, rather, seems a more appropriate term) that deals more with the core ideas than where those ideas came from. Ho ...more
Claire S
Looks like this has all the failings one would expect from a survey book on such huge subjects. Even buying it was a failure of sorts, obviously, an attempt to easily consume such topics based on a huge miscalculation of scale.
What I had intended though was to move beyond profound ignorance to somewhat-less-profound ignorance.
So am currently seeing this as a placeholder till I graduate to better materials for my journey.
Vanessa
Jun 21, 2010 Vanessa rated it liked it
I was looking for a book that would explain each of the Eastern philosophies and it was between this and Eastern Philosophy for Dummies. I'm glad I chose this one. I was surprised at how easy of a read this was, I didn't find it to be a dry read like I was afraid it would be. She did a good job at showing the similarities and differences between the religions. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know a little about these religions without getting bogged down in the minute details.
Julianne Larsen
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Great introduction to the Eastern philosophy. I learned a lot, but it is only the beginning, I realize now.
Chase Parsley
Jun 08, 2013 Chase Parsley rated it really liked it
This is the best book about Far Eastern religions that I have ever come across. A wonderful gift for a person who does not understand much about this topic. Captivating.
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A very informative book on the history, practices and thought process of Eastern religions
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A great contribution for the understanding of eastern philosophies
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