Buddhism Lecture 2: Characteristics of Existence to the Noble Truths (Video Format)

This, the second day of our Buddhism Unit, begins with a discussion of the Three Characteristics of Existence (impermanence, anatta, and nirvana). From there we look at what makes us who we are (The Five Aggregates) followed by a discussion of the first two Noble Truths, paying particular attention to the term “dukkha,” often translated … More Buddhism Lecture 2: Characteristics of Existence to the Noble Truths (Video Format)

Buddhism Lecture 2: The Three Characteristics of Existence to the Second Noble Truth

Here is my most recent lecture from my Introduction to World Religions class concerning a discussion of the three characteristics of existence, the five skandhas, and the first two noble truths. Thanks to those who checked out the first lecture! I tweaked with the vocals a little so my voice (hopefully) isn’t so annoying ;).

Buddhism Lecture 1: From Birth to Enlightenment

Trying something a little new and different here on my blog. I’ve recently begun to record my Introduction to World Religions lectures. This is the first lecture on our newest unit–Buddhism. Lecture 1 focuses on the life of Siddhartha Gotama from his birth up to his Enlightenment. Follow along with the slides below and since … More Buddhism Lecture 1: From Birth to Enlightenment

Realm of the Hungry Ghosts (Bhavacakra Pt. III)

  Their skin is sunken, their ribs protrude. Narrow limbs on an otherwise distended body. Heads bob on a long, thin neck. These, my friends, are the pretas, the hungry ghosts. They wander, ceaselessly, seeking gratification. They hunger, they thirst. They starve. They want satisfaction. These, my friends, are the pretas, the hungry ghosts. In Buddhism, the … More Realm of the Hungry Ghosts (Bhavacakra Pt. III)

Topics We Don’t Discuss and Questions We All Ask

Jen exhaled his relief and lowered his hands to his aching knees. A large village, perhaps a small city even, before them. People. People to talk to. As much as he’d enjoyed talking to Sherme since they trekked along the Yuanwuling Gorge, he’d almost run out of things to say. He explained the empire—its past … More Topics We Don’t Discuss and Questions We All Ask