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Religions of the East: Paths to Enlightenment by Stephen Prothero

Religions of the East: Paths to Enlightenment

by Stephen Prothero

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Unabridged Edition
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8 Hrs.


The main aim of this course is to cultivate basic literacy in the principal religions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. This course explores the origins of these religious traditions in Asia and their transplantation to the United States. The course focuses on three related issues: why religion matters, what the term "religion" means, and how Asian religions - especially Buddhism and Confucianism - wonderfully complicate that term.

Lecture 1 The Nature of Religion and How Asian Religions Complicate Things

Lecture 2 Hinduism Before Hinduism: Vedic Religion

Lecture 3 Hinduism as a Way of Wisdom

Lecture 4 Hinduism as a Way of Devotion

Lecture 5 Sikhism: The Way of the Disciples

Lecture 6 Hinduism and Sikhism in America

Lecture 7 Theravada Buddhism: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha

Lecture 8 Mahayana Buddhism: Emptiness and Compassion

Lecture 9 Zen Buddhism: Koans and Zaze

Lecture 10 Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama

Lecture 11 Buddhism in America

Lecture 12 Confucianism: Becoming Human by Becoming Social

Lecture 13 Daoism: Becoming Human by Becoming Natural

Lecture 14 Pop Goes the Buddha: Asian Religions in Popular Culture

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