Originally developed for use in introductory courses on Eastern religious traditions, this popular anthology offers a selection of readings from primary texts of India, China, and Japan.
For the second edition, the editors have added excerpts and have written introductions that provide a more comprehensive context for the readings.
A section on Chan / Zen and excerpts from the writings of Ge Hong, representing the central concerns of Daoism, are included.
A section on modern China includes a poem written by Mao, exhibiting his Daoist sensibilities.
A revised chapter on Buddhism presents the voices of modern Buddhist writers, including the Dalai Lama.
Throughtout the volume, reflections on the role of women in Eastern religions, as well as women's voices themselves, are added.