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  Eastern philosophy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Eastern philosophy refers very broadly to the various philosophies of India, Iran (Persia), China, Japan, Korea, and to an extent, the Middle East (which overlaps with Western philosophy due to being the origin of the Abrahamic religions).
Eastern philosophic traditions generally tend to be less concerned with the existence or non-existence of God or gods.
Eastern philosophers, on the other hand, typically hold that people are an intrinsic and inseparable part of the universe, and that attempts to discuss the universe from an objective viewpoint as though the individual speaking was something separate and detached from the whole are inherently absurd.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Eastern_philosophy   (3552 words)

 HighBeam Encyclopedia - Middle Eastern religions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
MIDDLE EASTERN RELIGIONS [Middle Eastern religions] religious beliefs and practices of the ancient inhabitants of the Middle East.
Little was known about the religions of the city-states of W Asia until stores of religious literature were uncovered by excavations in the 19th and 20th cent.
Probably the most important of the Middle Eastern religions was that which was developed by the peoples of Mesopotamia (i.e., the Sumerians, the Babylonians, and the Assyrians).
www.encyclopedia.com /html/M/MidE1rel.asp   (907 words)

 HighBeam Encyclopedia - Near Eastern religions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
NEAR EASTERN RELIGIONS [Near Eastern religions] see Middle Eastern religions.
Culture, religion and language in Middle Eastern universities.
Beyond Christianity: a critique of the rational choice theory of religion from a Weberian and comparative religions perspective.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/X/X-N1earE1astrlg.asp   (282 words)

 List of religions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Note: A discussion of the ways in which "major religions" have historically been separated from the list of all religions can be found in the article Major world religions.
Reconstructionist Judaism (claims Judaism is a culture, not always identified as a religion)
Religions with a concept of Dharma, including major religions of historical India and religions descended from them.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_religions   (599 words)

 Definition of Taoism
This religion is derived from the philosophical doctrines of Lao-tze.
In other words, Taoism is the Religion of Heaven and Earth, of the Cosmos, of the World or Nature in the broadest sense of these words.
Confucius himself has a place assigned him among the deities of this religion, and he is addressed as " the honoured one of heaven who causes literature to flourish and the world to prosper" (Edkins).
www.ourladyswarriors.org /dissent/deftao.htm   (2333 words)

 Eastern Religions - Baha'i Faith
To assert that a religion is independent of other faiths is not to argue that it began in a religious vacuum.
Christianity did not appear as a separate religion with its own scriptures, laws, and institutional and ritual forms until it had begun to attract large numbers of adherents from the many non-Semitic races in the Mediterranean world.
Thus, its adherents believe that their Faith is a global religion and that to classify the Faith of Baha'u'llah as Eastern or Western is not reflective of its universal spirit and character.
www.xploreheartlinks.com /bahaifaith.htm   (2998 words)

 ~ Christianity And Eastern Religions ~
Religions from the East are moving West at an alarming rate.
Religions like: Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism, etc. And while they all have their own distinctions they also have a number of specific beliefs which are mutually exclusive from Christianity.
So most eastern religions are pantheistic, believing that "God is all and all is God." Christianity, on the other hand, teaches that man is a special creation and is very distinct from nature.
mysite.verizon.net /thetruth77/eastreligions.html   (337 words)

 World Religions: Comparative Analysis
A similar syncretistic trend is encouraged by the suggestion to consider the various world religions as alternative paths to the same transcendental finality or, using a known illustration, many paths to the same mountain peak.
Therefore the other option is that world religions are not pieces of the same puzzle (parts of the same spiritual "elephant") or alternative paths to the same goal.
Since the domain of comparative religion is so vast, the present analysis had to be limited to a brief account, sacrificing many details and secondary aspects, but with the hope that global relevance will not be affected.
www.comparativereligion.com   (1158 words)

 Eastern Religions: Shinto   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The Shinto religion is based on a sense of sacredness in and of nature originating in the natural beauty of Japan.
It is religion of feeling and acting (ceremonies, rites and rituals) more than of belief - thus it is sensory (in touch with surrounding nature and ritual activity) and communal (rich in public and national festivity and providing a sense of connection to a people)
Shinto is the ancient, indigenous religion of Japan - an ethnic religion, a nationalistic and cultural religion.
www.nv.cc.va.us /home/lshulman/Rel231/lectures/shinto/intro.htm   (262 words)

 Eastern Religions
In discussing Eastern Religions, we must keep in mind the differences of the Traditions of the Near, Middle and Far East.
Science and religion seem to be totally deadlocked in their opposing views and methodology, while virtually never seeking a common ground, in an attempt to resolve their differences.
As one endeavors to study the man and his claims to being a prophet, it becomes abundantly clear, that there is a distinct satanic influence, when compared to the rise of Abraham and the prophets of the Bible.
www.gcmi.net /eastern.html   (1609 words)

 Middle Eastern religions
Middle Eastern religions, religious beliefs and practices of the ancient inhabitants of the Middle East.
Middle Eastern religions: The Gods - The Gods Probably the most important of the Middle Eastern religions was that which was developed...
Middle Eastern religions: The Role of Humans - The Role of Humans People were, according to Middle Eastern beliefs, created for the benefit of the...
www.factmonster.com /ce6/society/A0833072.html   (209 words)

 Near Eastern Religions - GTU   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The rich faculty resources of the Near Eastern Studies department at the University of California, Berkeley and the Biblical Studies Area of the Graduate Theological Union are combined to provide students a variety of areas of concentration.
Among the fields students may study are: biblical or Near Eastern archaeology; the comparative religions of the ancient Near East; early post-biblical Hebrew literature; Hebrew Bible (history, literature, or theology); Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Canaanite or Iranian religion and mythology.
The committee is made up of three readers representing both the University and the GTU, appointed to guide the student in his or her research and pass judgment on the merits of the dissertation, and two additional members appointed for the final defense of the dissertation.
www.gtu.edu /page.php?nav=192   (1472 words)

 Multifaith and Religion Sites List
United Religion's mission is to provide the world's religions with a conspicuous, permanent center where prayer and dialogue among the world's religions have the potential of resulting in a worldwide moral resolve in both word and action.
A "non-creedal" religion that believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that in the end religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves.
It is a point of convergence and fulfillment of the aspirations of all the religions of the world, each of whom foreshadowed aspects of the next stage of human evolution.
www.conjure.com /religion.html   (7027 words)

 Eastern Religions - Hinduism
Instead, I sampled a variety of hallucinogens, sat zazen and practiced Aikido, followed the saga of Carlos Castaneda, and read haiku poetry—tiny bridges of words that are connected to the immense emptiness behind conventional thinking and meaning.
Hinduism is a mystical religion, leading the devotee to personally experience the Truth within, finally reaching the pinnacle of consciousness where man and God are one.
Most Vaishavites believe that religion is the performance of bhakti sadhanas, and that man can communicate with and receive the grace of Lord Vishnu who manifests through the temple Deity, or idol.
www.xploreheartlinks.com /hinduism.htm   (3308 words)

 World Religions and 101 Cults and Sects
A to Z Index of religions, cults and sects, denominations and Traditions:
To be in error in Religion, is to have a "cancer in the soul"...
All religions and cults have something very good, that's why people is attracted to them!...
www.religion-cults.com   (561 words)

 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Religions
Paganism describes a group of contemporary religions based on a reverence for nature.
These faiths draw on the traditional religions of indigenous peoples throughout the world.
The religion founded by Guru Nanak in India in the 15th Century CE.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions   (175 words)

In John 18:20, Jesus refuted the basic theory that is central to all Eastern Mystical Religion, that one must meditate after achieving an "altered state of consciousness to receive "illumination" or a "secret doctrine" or "secret knowledge" which is unavailable to the general public.
As is true of most religions, Buddhism teaches disciplines, values and guidelines by which to live.
The ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tsu, was the founder of the Chinese religion, Taoism, or Daoism, (literally, "the way") recorded in the Tao Te Ching, ancient manuscript of Daoist doctrines.
www.bloomington.in.us /~lgthscac/easternreligions.htm   (1601 words)

 Integrative Torah Studies - Eastern Religions
Classes in Eastern Mysticism are the norm in Religious Studies departments in Western and Israeli universities.
We see the beginning of a literature and trend to that seeks either to identify the aims of Eastern faiths with that of Kabbalistic Judaism or seeks to integrate the techniques of these faiths particularly that of the meditative kind into normative Judaism and Kabbalistic/Chassidic practice.
In light of all this I thought it my duty and my souls calling to share with this sincere and sacred community of seekers a perspective on Buddhism that is based on Traditional Kabbalistic and Judaic sources as a point of departure.
www.integrativetorahstudies.com /easternreligions.html   (1173 words)

 Metaphysics: Eastern philosophy/religions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Buddhism - following the teaching of the Buddha, that all pain is caused by desire, and that living properly, meditation and wisdom can lead to enlightenment and the end of suffering.
Shinto - indigenous religion of Japan, featuring respect for nature and natural spirits and the spirits of one's ancestors
Yoga - a practice of mental and physical discipline originating in the Hindu tradition that aims at leading the practitioner to physical self-control and spiritual enlightenment.
metaphysics.allinfoabout.com /eastern.html   (314 words)

 Eastern Religions (Pt I)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
AIM: To develop the students' knowledge about, and assessment of, the oriental religions through a general introduction to the historical and sociological study of these two traditions, especially of their beliefs, values and social implications.
Confucianism and Taoism: examines the religious tradition of Confucianism to reveal the characteristics of its heritages, theory and practice, in conjunction with its politics, ethics and philosophy, and explores Taoist understanding of Nature and Humanity, its various ways to attaining to immortality by being one with Nature.
Methods of Assessment: Ten Lectures and Two Seminars; One 2000 words essay (30%) either on Confucianism (Is Confucianism a Religion?) or on Taoism (What is Taoism?) and Half of one two-hour examination (70%).
www.lamp.ac.uk /~yao/lec5.htm   (670 words)

 The Sacred Writings of the major World Religions, Eastern Religions Prayer, Christian Faith, in Bible, Biblical Jesus ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Of the eastern religions, Hinduism is the most ritualistic and ceremonial with spiritual exercises and the worship of countless gods and goddesses.
Of the western religions, Islam is the most dogmatic and exact in their practice and belief in the Koran.
These were almost the sole documents of Hindu religion from 400 B.C. to A.D. (Encyclopedia Britannica, Macropaedia).7 Within the epic poem, the Bhagavad Gita, written around the second or third century, the caste system, reincarnation, karma, and four types of yoga performed for liberation are discussed.
www.occult-advances.org /nc-rel-sacred-writings.shtml   (4641 words)

 Dialogue With Eastern Religions
Christian pioneers in interreligious dialogue with people of Eastern religions found their writings, if not their lives, proscribed.
The former head of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Church's Relations with non-Christian Religions, Pietro Rossano, attributed this 'new era' in the world to Thomas Merton's giftful presence and sudden death in Bangkok in the very process of dialogue with Eastern monastics.
Since that time never before heard of exchanges among the monastic world have taken place, the most recent one was 'The Gethsemani Encounter' which took place in July of this year in Thomas Merton's own monastery in Kentucky at the express request of the Dalai Lama.
www.mkzc.org /dialog1.html   (1134 words)

 Religions & Scriptures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Emphasizing the inner -- rather than institutional -- dimensions of [the world's major] religions, Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the teachings of Jesus.
He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.
The Dalai Lama's most salient traits are his great beaming smile and hearty laugh, spontaneous expressions of happiness that inspired Cutler, a psychiatrist, to initiate what evolved into a long and productive series of conversations about what aspects of Buddhist thought could help non-Buddhists achieve a sense of fulfillment.
www.wam.umd.edu /~stwright/rel   (334 words)

 Middle Eastern Religions, Politics, Literature Highlight Anchorage Outreach Program, UCLA International Institute
Petzen and Michalak spearheaded discussions on the Abrahamic religions at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore and St. Mary's Episcopal Church, respectively.
Egyptian-American artist and educator Karim Nagi Mohammed from the New England Conservatory of Music demonstrated a variety of Middle Eastern musical instruments and styles and taught the gathered enthusiasts to dance the debke.
The program was enriched by the contributions of scholar and human rights activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat, and photographer and educator Keren Friedman who exhibited and spoke about her images of Tunisian Jews from the island of Djerba.
www.isop.ucla.edu /article.asp?parentid=5687   (979 words)

 Eastern Religions - Buddhism
Any religion worth its salt must be able to take a human being to a deeper and broader level of awareness, it must change a person's life for the better in a fundamental way.
hat for us, religion is not a matter of belief, a way of life, a philosophy, or a set of moral-ethical rules by which to live.
Even in religion, or in the study of Buddhism, one ends up learning a lot of "things," like the eightfold path, the six paramitas, the five precepts, the teachings of karma, impermanence, and interdependency.
www.xploreheartlinks.com /buddhism.htm   (15917 words)

 RS100A.htm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
RS 100A - Religions of the East - Winter 2006
One of the unique features of this course stems from a concern about “exoticism”, that is, the presentation of Eastern religions as exotic, something that happens “long ago and far away”.
The textbooks have been chosen to show how modern and close these religious communities are and what they mean to us today.
religiousstudies.uwaterloo.ca /RS100A.htm   (660 words)

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