This book describes the teachings and practices of the new, predominantly Eastern religions that are rapidly gaining influence in America. In remarkably lucid and informative terms, Jacob Needleman examines the specific areas in which traditional Western religions have failed modern man, and the ways in which the Eastern religions offer their followers the practical means for improving the quality of their lives.
He offers a comprehensive picture of the activities, doctrines, and organizational structure of the most significant movements, a portrait of some of their leaders, and a glimpse into the experiences of their adherents. His research has included personal participation in many of the groups' activities as well as readings in their most influential philosophers, both American and foreign.

The result is a vital and absorbing study of a phenomenon that has not only dramatically altered the lives of those it has touched directly, but also, Needleman believes, "bids well to change the religious life of the Western world itself."

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