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Buddhism Lecture

Buddhism

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Buddhism has captivated many millions of people around the world, its vitality and adaptability enabling it to transform the civilizations of India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan, and also become a lively component in the cultures of Europe, Australia, and the Americas. But have you ever wondered how a religion that doesn't even have a god could have accomplished this?

Now you have the opportunity to have your questions answered, as this series of 24 lectures by an award-winning teacher traces the history, principles, and evolution of a theology that is both familiar and foreign.

You'll learn the astonishing story of Siddhartha Gautama - who was to become the Buddha, or "enlightened one" - the Indian prince who abandoned wife, son, and a privileged life to seek the meaning of life and death, and whose "awakening" and subsequent teachings have since impacted the world as few others have.

And you'll learn what happened after his death, as his followers began to share his teachings about the "Four Noble Truths" and the "Path" to Enlightenment. You'll see how Buddhist beliefs underwent significant and even radical change, with different varieties of Buddhism having to take shape as those beliefs spread across India, Central Asia, China, Japan, and virtually every corner of the Western world, such as becoming more respectful of one's duties to family and ancestors in China or becoming reconciled with local deities in Japan.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2001 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2001 The Great Courses

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    Kingster 09/12/2016
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    "A great look at the development of Buddhism"

    I love this audible book. I wanted to broaden my knowledge of Buddhism whilst travelling around the country. The narrator brings the subject to life with his wealth of expertise in the subject. Full of stories of experience is different forms of Buddhism and how that's translated in his life. I would recommend this book as a good starting point and well worth your investment. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Md Lachlan London UK 29/02/2016
    Md Lachlan London UK 29/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Detailed, knowledgeable and interesting"

    An engaging lecturer who clearly knows his subject in great depth. Too much to absorb at one listen, I will be playing this one again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Robson 22/04/2015
    Anne Robson 22/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant"

    Clear, cohesive, comprehensive and just the right level of challenge!

    Great course, thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr S. 19/07/2017
    Mr S. 19/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Informative, Thoughtful, Insightful, Funny!"
    What made the experience of listening to Buddhism the most enjoyable?

    Profession Malcolm Eckel knows his subject inside and out. As a practicing Buddhist in the Zen Tradition I learnt much about Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism that was new to me. His presentation style is very much conversational and at times based on his own personal experiences of the many traditions and schools. Compassion and humor run through all his lectures. Would happily recommend to anyone interested in the subject.


    What other book might you compare Buddhism to, and why?

    It's hard to find a direct comparison. I have many books on Buddhism and they tend to be either very dry and academic or light touch descriptions of the practices and traditions of the various schools.


    What about Professor Malcolm David Eckel’s performance did you like?

    He clearly has a deep and comprehensive knowledge of the subject and a very definite sense of humor.


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    Rhiannon 01/11/2016
    Rhiannon 01/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Detailed and interesting"

    It was incredibly fun to learn about Buddhism from someone who sounds like he is an authority and has so much enthusiasm.
    How he gets excited, laughs, and punctuates facts with personal stories makes this easy to listen to.
    You do have to pay a lot of attention because it is intricate and complex, but I would happily listen to this again and again.

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    kjzee 14/07/2016
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    "Wonderful, scholarly and entertaining overview of Buddhist tradition and its development."

    This is a wonderful overview of the Buddhist tradition from the early traditions that gave rise to Buddhism in India right through to Buddhism in the US in the twentieth centuries.

    It is not able to give in depth overview of every aspect of such a vast tradition in just 22 glad hour sessions but does focus on certain key periods. Early Buddhism in India, the development of separate schools, and more in depth on the Tibetan and Mahayana schools.

    I really enjoyed the lecturers style, knowledgeable always, but also with a sense of lightness and humour. He clearly has a great deal of passion for his subject and some personal experience.

    Can't recommend more for anybody confused by the myriad traditions, schools snd histories of Buddhism. That was definitely me and I have a much clearer understanding of the history and development now.

    Recommended.

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    S. Nanra 02/05/2016
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    "A brisk romp through every facet of Buddhism"

    This is a break-neck tour of the history of Buddhism in all its guises. Professor Eckel is very engaging, and talks briefly on just about every topic from art to all the variations practised today, in a factual though entertaining manner. For someone like me, looking for a more spiritual introduction, it wasn't ideal since it didn't go into any depth about the essential teachings of the Buddha. I much preferred "Buddhism for Beginners" by Jack Kornfield also available here.

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    "Very Informative"

    Very informative and very insightful. Excellent if you want to gain a good understanding of the fundamentals of Buddhism.

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    Michael W. 22/11/2015
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    A genuine and good overview of not only the history of Buddhism but also a brief overview of 'emptiness'.

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    marion swaffield 22/03/2015 Member Since 2012
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    Absolutely deserves it's sub title of a 'Great Course' - an astounding breath of knowledge shared in a truly accessible way. I hope there will be more...

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  • Jennifer
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    14/07/14
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    "Accessible and informative"
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    This a really good introduction to the subject. The narrator has a clear skill in making some of the complex cencepts of Buddhism (at least to a western mind) understandable. He is passionate about the subject, speaks clearly and his lectures have a good balance between 'story telling' and theory. I will be keeping this audiobook in my library to listen to again.<br/>

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan D. Stringer
    Bay Springs, MS United States
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    "Much ado about Nothingness."
    What did you love best about Buddhism?

    This series of essays did a fantastic job of highlighting the differences between the various forms of Buddhism practiced today. As someone who came into these lectures with only a superficial knowledge of Buddhism, I was struck by just how many different interpretations of Buddhist teaching there are in the world. It makes the Protestant/Catholic divide look more like a small ditch in comparison.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddhism?

    The bits on Vajrayāna Buddhism were certainly the most memorable parts of the lecture, primarily due to the tradition's enigmatical style of teaching . Contrasting the esoteric tendencies of Vajrayāna with the relative simplicity of Zen is almost like comparing apples and oranges, but it's this rich diversity that I found to be the most compelling aspect of the study.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Malcolm David Eckel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Professor Eckel's love of the subject shone through my speakers. He approached the lecture with a zest that I wish more of the Great Courses lecturers possessed. His diction is equal parts scholastic and conversational, with a genial loquaciousness that wouldn't sound out of place coming from the mouth of a Hotei statue.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
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    10/11/13
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    "Informative, entertaining and personal"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very informative lectures. The balance between being high level and providing too much information is well maintained. The author is clearly an expert on the subject, he draws from personal experience and tells us many anecdotes about his personal experience with Buddhism.<br/><br/>Informal and relaxed lecture style; very easy to listen to. I highly recommend this lecture series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddhism?

    He is very passionate about the subject.


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  • ShanConCas
    29/06/16
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    "Good Basic Overview"

    I really enjoyed this course. The professor has a variety of engaging and interesting personal anecdotes that he adds to the lectures. This was a great introduction, so if you are looking for something really in depth, you probably won't like this as much. But great for someone who doesn't know much about Buddhism.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gwenn
    25/11/15
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    "good overview"

    definitely the overview and history I was looking for.
    now I have lots of ideas for other avenues of study

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bookworm
    New York, NY
    05/08/15
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    "Fascinating"

    The author is exactly what every college professor should aim to be - passionate about his subject, knowledge, funny, and interesting to listen to. He goes through the basic tenets of Buddhism and discussed the different types. He even have great reading suggestions. I very much enjoyed learning about a subject that is not well understood in western culture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doug
    28/01/15
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    "Great listen"

    The instructor clearly has a passion for sharing Buddhism and putting it in lay terms. I'll definitely be revisiting this book/lecture series again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Rexburg, ID, United States
    01/06/17
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    "Fascinating course"

    I really like this professor. He explains Buddhism in a very simple way but still goes in depth on it. I will be listening to this again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 922Vision
    New York
    27/05/17
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    "Extraordinary!"

    Traverse the ages with this extraordinary introduction to the history of Buddhism. I thoroughly enjoyed the content, it's organization and most especially the speaker. Mr. Ekel is perfectly in tune with his audience and an obvious authority on the subject. Wonderful. Worst part was it didn't continue fot another 24 lectures! Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mjh
    04/03/17
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    "Annoyed at having to write so much to give a review, but"

    The presentation is modest but steady and true. Well organized. Well worth the time. Word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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