Oriental Philosophies. Through the centuries a rich spiritual import has trickled into the West by word of mouth, through the writings of scholars, through translations and caravans. Philosophies older than that of the ancient greeks have had a significant influence on European thought, especially The Bhagavad-Gita, The Upanishads, the Diamond Sutra, the discourses of Confucious and Mencius and Lao Tzu and the Dharma of the Buddha.
Even the teachings which came to be called Christian was itself, as St. Augustine frankly acknowledged, orientally derived. Concepts such as salvation were long before the rise of Christianity in the West common both in India and China and even, though to a lesser degree at the Mystery Schools of ancient Egypt.
This book by William D. Gould, George B. Arbaugh, and R. R. Moore was first published in 1949 and it gives an overview with examples of the ancient eastern writings. Download the free PDF e-book here: