World Religions and Scriptures

Hinduism | Judaism | Buddhism | Taoism | Confucianism | Christianity | Islam | other faiths

Bhagavad-gita (hardcover; online) | Tanach (hardcover) | Dhammapada (hardcover) | Tao Te Ching (hardcover; online)
Analects (hardcover; online) | Bible (NRSV hardcover; online) | Qur'an (hardcover; online) | World Scripture (hardcover; online)

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Religion, sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system, is commonly defined as belief concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine; and the moral codes, practices, values, and institutions associated with such belief. It has been called the sum total of answers given to explain humankind's relationship with the universe, or wisdom related to understanding human life, or simply, a way of life.

"Religion" is also a social phenomenon, and is sometimes spoken of in the narrower sense of "organized religion" - an organization of people supporting the exercise of some religion. The major religions have sacred writings or scriptures, and this site hosts some of these writings for those who wish to read them (see above and below).

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The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
Review by Huston Smith: "How remarkable - to find one of our finest interpreters of frontier science is equally conversant with the human spirit. This augurs well for our times." -Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by H. H. the Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler
...Cutler poses complicated psychological inquiries only to have the Dalai Lama offer responses that reach far beyond the parameters of the self. There really is such a thing as an art of happiness, and this is one of the best how-to books a reader will ever find. -Donna Seaman

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