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What are some good books to read up on religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto, Confucianism, and Hinduism?


  1. Taoism; Ben Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh (a basic introduction, but gets the point across) and Mark Forstater’s The Spiritual teachings of The Tao.
    Buddhism: Stephen Batchelor’s Buddhism Without Beliefs.
    Zen Buddhism : Charlotte Joko Beck’s Nothing Special (Living Zen).
    Mindfulness meditation : Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Miracle Of Mindfulness.
    These all helped me. Maybe you might find them interesting too. Good luck and journey well!

  2. These are excellent introductory books:
    Buddhism: “It’s Easier Than You Think” by Sylvia Boorstein
    Taoism: “Tao Te Ching,” by Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell translation
    Shinto: “Shinto: The Kami Way” by Sokyo Ono
    Confucianism: “An Introduction to Confucianism” by Xinzhong Yao
    Hinduism: “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hinduism” by Linda Johnson
    I recommend the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” for Hinduism because, compared to the other spiritual traditions, the landscape of Hinduism seems to me to be quite a bit more varied and complex.
    There are, of course, hundreds of books on each tradition and everyone will have their favorites. These books are simply the ones that I return to periodically to refresh or update my understanding.

  3. Not relating to Buddhism nor Daoism, Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School, combining the Daoist and Buddhist practice based upon three principles: Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. It consisting of five sets of powerful exercises.
    After reading the FAQ and Introduction, proceed to read ‘Falun Gong’ and ‘Zhuan Falun’ in the book section from the source URL list below.
    Falun Gong, Tibetans, other Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China.
    I hope you can you sign a petition to stop persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China ahead of the Beijing Olympics:


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