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)

Hindu Lecture 3: Upanishadic Era (Pt I)

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)

Christianity Lecture 9: From Heights to Upheaval

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

Ignatian Prayer

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

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 ;).