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Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume IV, Eastern Religions

Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume IV, Eastern Religions

Volume IV, Eastern Religions, the fourth installment of the Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library,  presents the evolution of eastern religion through the seminal works of major religious thinkers. Explore the doctrines of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Jainism from the late 19th century through the 21st century. Key themes and topics include afterlife, dharma, incarnation, karma, Maya, meditation, mindfulness, reincarnation, sacred texts, and Zen.




Volume IV, Eastern Religions, in the first release, features works from the early twentieth century to the early twenty-first century.  Authors range from Thich Nhat Hanh to Alan Watts, from Tamal Krishna Goswami to Shunryu Suzuki, and from Sister Nivedita to Anantanand Rambachan. Content partners include New World Library, Beacon Press, Oxford University Press, State University of New York, University of California Press, and Cambridge University Press.

Content Highlights

Alan Watts 

Alan Watts was a British-American author, writer, and speaker who was known for his interpretation of Eastern philosophies for a Western audience. Courtesy of New World Library, works by Alan Watts in this collection include:

  • What Is Zen?
  • What is Tao?
  • Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation
  • Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks, 1960-1969


  • The Hindu View of Life by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
  • Religion and Dharma by S. K. Ratcliffe and Sister Nivedita 
  • Buddhism Beyond Borders by Richard Hughes Seager and others

Dhyana (Meditation)

  • The Gospel of Ramakrishna by Christopher Isherwood and Mahendranath Gupta
  • Samadhi State by Stuart Ray Sarbacker 
  • Discovering Kwan-Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion: A Path Toward Clarity and Peace by Sandy Boucher


  • On Hinduism by Wendy Doniger
  • The Forerunner Of All Things: Buddhaghosa On Mind, Intention, And Agency by Maria Heim 
  • The Message of the Buddha by K. N. Jayatilleke 


  • An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology by Paramtattvadas
  • The Meaning of Happiness by Alan Watts


  • The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh 
  • Le bouddhisme en Occident by Lionel Obadia 

Samsara (Reincarnation)

  • A Mirror Is For Reflection: Understanding Buddhist Ethics by Emily McRae and others
  • On Hinduism by Wendy Doniger
  • The Web of Indian Life  by Sister Nivedita and Rabindranath Tagore 
  • Vedanta Philosophy: Five Lectures on Reincarnation by Swami Abhedananda 


  • Crossing The Lines Of Caste: Visvamitra And The Construction Of Brahmin Power In Hindu Mythology by Adheesh Sathaye
  • Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists by Ananda Coomaraswamy and Sister Nivedita 
  • An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology by Paramtattvadas
  • On Hinduism by Wendy Doniger
  • Indian Philosophy Vol. 1 by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan


  • Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai by Shunryu Suzuki 
  • Love, Roshi by Helen Josephine Baroni
  • Zen Classics by David E. Riggs and others


Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume I,V Eastern Religions is a key component of the Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library