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Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate List

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Eastern Philosophy books.

1. The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (2007)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListGraced with opening words by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, the Penguin Deluxe Edition of The Tibetan Book of the Dead is “immaculately rendered in an English both graceful and precise.” Translated with the close support of leading contemporary masters and hailed as “a tremendous accomplishment,” this book faithfully presents the insights and intentions of the original work. It includes one of the most detailed and compelling descriptions of the after-death state in world literature, practices that can transform our experience of daily life, guidance on helping those who are dying, and an inspirational perspective…
Author(s): Graham Coleman , Thupten Jinpa , et al.

2. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self (2004)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListIn Eastern Body, Western Mind, chakra authority Anodea Judith brought a fresh approach to the yoga-based Eastern chakra system, adapting it to the Western framework of Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics and applying the chakra system to important modern social realities and issues such as addiction, codependence, family dynamics, sexuality, and personal empowerment.Arranged schematically, the book uses the inherent structure of the chakra system as a map upon which to chart our Western understanding of individual development. Each chapter focuses on a single…
Author(s): Anodea Judith

3. The Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy and Religion: Easily Accessible Information for a Richer, Fuller Life (2001)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListThe 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 seekers find most compelling, this text is accessible to the novice yet sophisticated enough for the experienced reader.Inside, you’ll find complete coverage of Hinduism, Buddhism,…
Author(s): Diane Morgan

4. Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (2011)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListThis book is an introduction in the very best sense of the word. It provides the beginner with an accurate, sophisticated, yet accessible account, and offers new insights and challenging perspectives to those who have more specialized knowledge. Focusing on the period in Chinese philosophy that is surely most easily approachable and perhaps is most important, it ranges over of rich set of competing options. It also, with admirable self-consciousness, presents a number of daring attempts to relate those options to philosophical figures and movements from the West. I recommend it very highly.–Lee H. Yearley, Walter Y….
Author(s): Van Norden, Bryan W.

5. Tao Te Ching (2016)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListThe Tao Teh King (Tao Te Ching) forms the fundamental core of modern Taoist philosophy and has informed the beliefs and mode of life of the people of China for 2500 years. For all those who seek peace, contentment, harmony and balance in life, the Tao Teh King is an indispensable resource. Lao Tse’s words speak directly to the heart with simple, direct and profound wisdom addressing the core principles of the art of living well. The translation and commentary presented here was completed between 1921 and 1923 and serialized in the periodical magazine The Theosophical Quarterly….
Author(s): Lao Tzu

6. The Tao of Pooh (1983)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListThe how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world’s great Taoist masters isn’t Chinese–or a venerable philosopher–but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.And that’s a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists. #3,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #4 in Religious Humor #2 in Religious Literature Criticism #1 in History of Books Would you like to ?If you are a seller…
Author(s): Benjamin Hoff

7. Zen and the Art of Happiness (2006)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListCutting-edge science and spirituality tell us that what we believe, think, and feel actually determine the makeup of our body at the cellular level. In Zen and the Art of Happiness, you will learn how to think and feel so that what you think and feel creates happiness and vibrancy in your life rather than gloominess or depression. You’ll learn how to adapt to life’s inevitable changes, how to deal with stress in a healthy way, and how to nurture a mindful happiness in your daily life. Most importantly, the gentle wisdom of Zen and the Art of Happiness will show you how…
Author(s): Chris Prentiss

8. The Perennial Philosophy (2009)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListAn inspired gathering of religious writings that reveals the “divine reality” common to all faiths, collected by Aldous Huxley “The Perennial Philosophy,” Aldous Huxley writes, “may be found among the traditional lore of peoples in every region of the world, and in its fully developed forms it has a place in every one of the higher religions.” With great wit and stunning intellect—drawing on a diverse array of faiths, including Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christian mysticism, and Islam—Huxley examines the spiritual beliefs of various religious traditions and explains how they are…
Author(s): Aldous Huxley

9. Ocean of Dharma: The Everyday Wisdom of Chogyam Trungpa (2008)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate List<p class=”MsoNormal”>Here is an inspiring collection of short teachings from the writings of the renowned Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa. Pithy and immediate, these teachings can be contemplated and practiced every day—or any day—of the year. Drawn from a wide variety of sources—including never-before-published writings—Ocean of Dharma addresses a range of topics, including fear and fearlessness, accepting our imperfections, developing confidence, helping others, appreciating our basic goodness, and everyday life as a spiritual path….
Author(s): Chogyam Trungpa, Carolyn Rose Gimian

10. Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (2009)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListIf you change your brain, you can change your life.Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s―and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it’s possible to strengthen positive brain states.By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha’s Brain draws on…
Author(s): Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius

11. The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (2017)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListExplore the history and concepts of philosophy, from the big thinkers to complex theories, with straightforward text and witty illustrations that demystify an often daunting subject matter. Now in paperback.Are the ideas of René Descartes, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Locke, and Thomas Hobbes still relevant today? The Philosophy Book unpacks the writings and ideas of more than 100 of history’s well-known philosophers, taking you on a journey from ancient Greece to modern day. Explore feminism, rationalism, idealism, existentialism, and other influential movements in the world of philosophy.From Socrates to Confucius to Julia Kristeva,…
Author(s): DK

12. Eastern Philosophy For Beginners (2007)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListThe spiritual rewards and intellectual challenges of Eastern Philosophy are revealed in this visually stunning book, illustrated by Joe Lee and with 19th Century engravings.Eastern Philosophy is not an intellectual pursuit, but one that involves one’s entire being. Much of it is so deeply entwined with the non-intellectual art of meditation, that the two are impossible to separate. In this accessible survey of the major philosophies of India, China, Tibet, and Japan, Jim Powell draws upon his knowledge of Sanskrit and Chinese, as well as decades of meditation. Whether tackling Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu, Dogen, the Dali Lama or Pantajal…
Author(s): Jim Powell, Joe Lee

13. Scriptures of the East (2003)

Best Eastern Philosophy Books: The Ultimate ListThis anthology of scriptures offers selections that vary in length from a few paragraphs to 10 pages, accompanied by brief introductions that discuss the nature and scope of scripture within each religion as well as the history of each scripture presented. Scriptures of The East contains sacred writings of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, and indigenous religions of the East; a companion text, Scriptures of The West, contains sacred writings of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, the Baha’i faith, and indigenous religions of the West….
Author(s): James Fieser, John Powers

This guide includes the best philosophy books from throughout history. Including quick summaries for beginners of modern philosophy books, eastern philosophy, western philosophy and more. Read the Top 21 Philosophy Books of All Time! Recent attempts to incorporate Western philosophy into Eastern thought include the Kyoto School of philosophers, who combined the phenomenology of Husserl with the insights of Zen Buddhism. Watsuji Tetsurô, a 20th-century Japanese philosopher attempted to combine the works of Søren Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Heidegger with Eastern philosophies. Discover the best Eastern Philosophy in Best Sellers. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Books Best Sellers. Eastern philosophy includes the various philosophies of Asia, including Indian philosophy, Chinese philosophy, Iranian/Persian philosophy, Japanese philosophy, and Korean philosophy. The term can include Babylonian philosophy and Islamic philosophy, though these may also be considered Western Books shelved as eastern-philosophy: Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, a

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Mondrian's Philosophy of Visual Rhythm: Phenomenology, Wittgenstein, and Eastern thought

Author(s): Eiichi Tosaki
Publisher: Springer Netherlands, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2154798

Continental Philosophy and the Palestinian Question: Beyond the Jew and the Greek

Author(s): Zahi Zalloua
Publisher: Bloomsbury, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2172449

Gilles Deleuze, Postcolonial Theory, and the Philosophy of Limit

Author(s): Réda Bensmaïa
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2245872

Philosophy and Cognitive Science II: Western & Eastern Studies

Author(s): Lorenzo Magnani, Ping Li, Woosuk Park
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1359774

Philosophy and Cognitive Science: Western & Eastern Studies

Author(s): Lorenzo Magnani , Lorenzo Magnani, Ping Li (eds.)
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Year: 2012, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 947282

Eastern Philosophy: The Basics

Author(s): Victoria S. Harrison
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2012, Size: 16 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1309165

Eastern philosophy

Author(s): Ram-Prasad, Chakravarthi
Publisher: Orion Books, Year: 2012, Size: 391 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1416262

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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