Thoreau's engagement with and perspectives on the Orient are considered
here. Within Thoreau's Hindu appropriations, the 'practical' importance for
Thoreau of yogic practices is reemphasized. Thoreau's often-cited Buddhist
links are questioned. Instead, it is Thoreau's explicit use of Confucian and
Persian Sufi materials that deserve reemphasis, as do, in retrospect, some
striking thematic convergences with Taoism. Thoreau's 'Light from the East'
focuses on ethical and mystical techniques, infused with lessons from Nature
for 'a very Yankee sort of Oriental.'