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)
After beginning by establishing a little context for the development of what is often called “Classical” Hinduism and an introduction to the Puranas, most of the day’s lecture is devoted to Vishnu. We begin by addressing Vishnu as he is defined in passages from the Vishnu Purana, then move to discussing the mythology of the … More Hindu Lecture 7: Vishnu
Today’s discussion concentrates on the Bhagavad Gita, picking up where we left off from last time. Beginning with discussing karma yoga and selfless service and how such relates to self-realization, we examine how the texts teachings act as a departure point from the prevailing Hindu philosophy as put forth in the Upanishads. From there we … More Hindu Lecture 6: The Bhagavad Gita
Today’s lecture begins a two day series on the revolutionary developments in ancient Indian thought during what is sometimes called the Upanishadic Era. After discussing the challenges such thinkers posed to the Vedic concentration on ritual and priests, we begin to discuss yoga, both in its philosophy and, after watching a HYSTERICAL video, juxtaposing such … More Hindu Lecture 3: Upanishadic Era (Pt I)
This, the last day of our Christian unit, picks up with the beginnings of desert monasticism and focuses on the development and spread of Christianity, primarily through Europe, as the Church rises in power and scope. Here we focus on some key historical developments in the spread and internal issues affecting Christianity, including the Great … More Christianity Lecture 9: From Heights to Upheaval
The eighth and last lecture on Judaism begins with a discussion of apocalyptic thinking, continues on to discuss the various changes in Judaism during the Second Temple Period, and ends with a brief survey of the modern Jewish landscape.
I wrote this in response to Christian Flash Weekly’s Event 43, the prompt of which required the inclusion of “and now, may the terror of the LORD be on you. Watch what you do, for there is no injustice or partiality or taking bribes with the LORD our God” (2 Chronicles 19:7) and had to … More Ignatian Prayer
Today’s lecture features part one of a two part discussion of the Book of Exodus, following the story of Moses up to the crossing of the Red Sea.
The third lecture from my unit on Buddhism consists of a discussion on the remaining two Noble Truths, Nirvana, Anatta, and Co-dependent Arising.
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 ;).