… and hard to follow. I was not very fond of the subject because I found their ideas too simplistic. Unlike Western philosophy where thinkers investigate the nature of truth, Eastern philosophy feels like a self-help section rather than actual philosophizing.
Ouch, that hurts. I study comparative Chinese philosophy, and I can totally understand the initial aversion to Eastern philosophy. It's a completely different paradigm. The reason why it's so "disorganized" is either because your lecturer didn't do their job right, or that the culture is wholly unintelligible. Both are normal. I didn't like Chinese philosophy for a year before meeting the right profs for the job.
Historically, 'philosophy', as a concept, doesn't exist in the East (China and Japan, for instance). The concept was a return-loan. It's a funny merry-go-round. Japan borrowed Kanji from China. When missionaries came to the East and brought philosophy texts, the Japanese formed a compound word 哲学. Chinese intellectuals went to Japan during the late 20th century, and they borrowed the concept from Japan.
I recommend you try Bryan van Norden. I enjoyed his works and he has heavily influenced how I approach Eastern philosophy: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCctdzIrBt9qtTk9mhtnXXaw
By the way, interesting read. I'm thinking of tackling Japanese philosophy next, once I get a basic grasp of the language.