Introducing Eastern Philosophy
Icon Books (UK), Totem Books (USA). Republished 2000 (ISBN 1-84046-150-0)
Written by Richard Osborne, Illustrated / designed by Borin Van Loon
Eastern philosophy is the most ancient form of thought known to man, predating
Western philosophy by some centuries. Dissatisfaction with materialism is
turning Westerners towards the integrated approach of Eastern thought, but
often in a vague and generalized form.
Introducing Eastern Philosophy focuses on India and China, the two oldest
and most influential origins of Eastern thought. It elucidates the complex
schools of Hindu philosophy, the offshoots of Indian Buddhism, the traditions
of Confucius and the Tao in China and demonstrates their fundamental differences
from Western notions of truth. It makes clear the Eastern view of ultimate
reality, the emphasis on selfless ethics and the quest for Enlightenment
and shows how these ideas are set in a cosmic whole in contrast to the Western
individual and scientific perspective.
Drawing heavily on the iconography of Eastern Philosophy as well as my ecclectic
mix of images and illustration, this title delves into ancient mystics,
Chinese prophets and Buddhism. It's an elusive subject, but seen as a companion-piece
to my own Introducing Buddha,
this volume provides an accessible overview. One Zen Master when asked the
meaning of Zen said:
I raise my eyebrows,
Perhaps that's all that needs to be said.
I move my eyes.
The author Richard osborne has his own website, see Links.
"...and that for his own good, he will one day make the effort to pick
up an elementary book on hindu philosophy and improve his own understanding...
(I have found a good one - 'ancient eastern philosophy for beginners' published
by icon books, by richard osborne and borin van loon.. it is illustrated
with interesting pictures and photographs for easy comprehension...)"
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