"Buddhism challenges some of the most important Western ideas about God, human life, and the self. In Buddhism there is no single almighty God who created the world. Instead, Buddhism teaches that all of life is suffering, and there is no permanent self. And it teaches that in accepting that all life is bliss can be achieved in this life. Professor Malcolm David Eckel is winner of Boston University's highest honor, the Metcalf Award for Teaching Excellence. He has spent most of his adult life studying Buddhism in Asia and North America, and shares his insights about this endlessly fascinating faith in this vital series."
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by David Brakke
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by David W. Ball
"Professor Eckel's lectures on the history and practice of Buddhism offer an enlightening look at this multifarious religious tradition, which grew out of Hinduism and spread from India into Asia and, eventually, to the rest of the world. Eckel's style is clear, engaging, and personal. He has traveled widely in pursuit of his specialty, and his lectures are enlivened by stories drawn from his own experience. Much more than a dry recounting of dates and philosophies, these lectures go into detail about the beliefs and devotional practices of Buddhists, and include a look at Theravada Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and the religion's unique expressions in China and Japan. Listeners emerge with a strong sense of what day-to-day practice is like for believers. M.G. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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