Buddhism : The Great Courses: Comparative & World Religion

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Malcolm David Eckel
  • Series: The Great Courses: Comparative & World Religion
  • 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.
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- Kingster

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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- Rhiannon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses