"Love" and the Eastern Spirit: a philosophic perspective

The human dilemma of love versus hatred has existed throughout development of both Western and Eastern civilization. “Love” is a central concept, a basic ideal and an important practice in Eastern culture. It is a loose term, however, and troubles researchers not only because of its wide range in everyday usage, but also because it is one of those words charged with emotional content. Any systematic examination of love in Eastern civilization would have to take into account the way cultural differentiation has been moved by the complex associations of interpretation, explanation, conceptualization, and theorization of love. For this purpose, this article examines the Eastern concept of love through the following five spiritual sources: Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Moism.