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Lions Roar : May 2007
Areligion without a god? How could that be? And how could it have cap- tured and captivated so many mil- lions of people in so many countries for so many centuries? No doubt you can picture the Buddha— seated serenely, feet crossed in front of him, hands folded in his lap. But who was the real person behind this image? What did he say about the nature and purpose of life? What were the origins of the concepts of reincarnation, nirvana, karma, and Zen, and what is the Buddhist understanding of them? Buddhism is your opportunity to trace the history, principles, and evolution of a theology that is both familiar and for- eign. In its 2500-year history, Buddhism has expanded from a tiny religious community in northern India into a movement that now spans the globe. This course is a his- torical survey of Buddhism from its origin in India in the 6th century B.C.E. to its pres- ent status as a major world religion. It is meant to introduce students to the aston- ishing vitality and adaptability of a tradition that has transformed the civilizations of India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan and has now become a lively component in the cultures of Europe, Australia, and the Americas. Buddhism as an Unfolding Story Professor Malcolm David Eckel begins the course by saying, “Buddhists love to tell stories,” and he approaches Buddhism as a series of stories. Throughout his lectures he acts as a storyteller as well as a teacher, recounting tales that have been told throughout centuries to elaborate on and explain the Buddhist view of life. The stories begin with the rich religious culture of India, the culture into which the Buddha was born, the culture that made it possible for him to craft his own distinct solutions to the problems of life and death. Professor Eckel will show you how the widespread and continuing appeal of Buddhism always comes back to its sto- ries—of the Buddha himself, and of the ways others have lived their lives in the attempt to follow his example. About Your Professor Dr. Malcolm David Eckel is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University. He earned his Masters in Theology at Oxford and Ph.D. in the study of compar- ative religion at Harvard. In 1998, Professor Eckel received the Metcalf Award for Teaching Excellence, his university’s highest award for teaching. About The Teaching Company We review hundreds of top-rated profes- sors from America’s best colleges and uni- versities each year. From this extraordinary group we choose only those rated highest by panels of our customers. Fewer than 10% of these world-class scholar-teachers are select- ed to make The Great Courses. 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