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The main aim of this course is to cultivate basic literacy in the principal religions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism.


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The main aim of this course is to cultivate basic literacy in the principal religions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism.

30 review for Religions of the East: Paths to Enlightenment (The Modern Scholar)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Great overview of Eastern traditions. I appreciated the fresh approach of the Prof - excellent audio presentation. This is a springboard for further study and very motivating, I’m likely to noodle down further to understand some of the characters who came into focus during the 19th and 20th centuries. Psychology’s perspective (Freud/Jung) is also begging for attention.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Flanagan

    A great introduction to the Eastern religions! Stephen covers the history of each of the major Eastern religions, as well as their core beliefs and what makes them unique from one another (as well as which beliefs they share). I wish more people were aware of this book; it really helped me understand so much about Eastern beliefs and lifestyles.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samantha York

    Awesome overview - scholarly and engaging. The way he organizes the approach to each religion - and then to each in America - prompts good sense-making.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Good insight into these thought processes, and religions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    - Jared - ₪ Book Nerd ₪

    Very good study of the eastern religions as taught from the American's perspective. It is very enjoyable to learn of these religions and customs that are so foreign to the Western culture and understandings. The course was not as thorough as I would have liked but was a great introduction and overview to the eastern religions. The difficulty comes, to me at least, in that Hinduism and Buddhism are very similar as Catholicism and Protestantism are and it is easy to become confused on as to which Very good study of the eastern religions as taught from the American's perspective. It is very enjoyable to learn of these religions and customs that are so foreign to the Western culture and understandings. The course was not as thorough as I would have liked but was a great introduction and overview to the eastern religions. The difficulty comes, to me at least, in that Hinduism and Buddhism are very similar as Catholicism and Protestantism are and it is easy to become confused on as to which is which. It helps to study the guidebooks that comes with these courses. Nevertheless, I still struggle to delineate the more stubble differences and customs especially between Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. I endeavor to understand these religions better and study each religion separately to further avoid my own confusion. I will review the course guide again before perusing further enlightenment on the subject(s). I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the subject who is American and wants an overview.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    This was a good survey of eastern religions starting with the Vedas to Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism - Theravadan (s. East Asia), Buddhism in Japan and China, then ending with Confucism. Of course with a survey format there is some broadbrushing of concepts, but not too bad, I especially enjoyed the tradition I didn't know about which was Sikhism. He also asked the same questions and fit each into different categories, e.g. layperson vs monastic based etc. and always talked about how each one unfo This was a good survey of eastern religions starting with the Vedas to Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism - Theravadan (s. East Asia), Buddhism in Japan and China, then ending with Confucism. Of course with a survey format there is some broadbrushing of concepts, but not too bad, I especially enjoyed the tradition I didn't know about which was Sikhism. He also asked the same questions and fit each into different categories, e.g. layperson vs monastic based etc. and always talked about how each one unfolded in America.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Skylar Burris

    I fairly regularly listen to lectures on religion and literature, and this was less engrossing to me than most. I'm not sure if it was less so because of the format of the lecture (somewhat repetitive) or the content of the coverage (not that deep and too focused on American forms) or the lecturer's style. If I had to tell you a new insight I took away from this …I'd be hard pressed. I feel like I could have read a handful of pages from an encyclopedia and come out just as enlightened. I fairly regularly listen to lectures on religion and literature, and this was less engrossing to me than most. I'm not sure if it was less so because of the format of the lecture (somewhat repetitive) or the content of the coverage (not that deep and too focused on American forms) or the lecturer's style. If I had to tell you a new insight I took away from this …I'd be hard pressed. I feel like I could have read a handful of pages from an encyclopedia and come out just as enlightened.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Not exactly a book, but 14 lectures on Eastern religions. A good overview though of course it's impossible to go into any serious detail in this format. The most informative material was that concerning these religions history and development in the US, clearly demonstrating that no religion can exist isolated from its larger culture. Not exactly a book, but 14 lectures on Eastern religions. A good overview though of course it's impossible to go into any serious detail in this format. The most informative material was that concerning these religions history and development in the US, clearly demonstrating that no religion can exist isolated from its larger culture.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    As an overview of the eastern religions I think this course does an okay job. Professor Prothero keeps a good perspective on all the religions from an academic angle. Three stars for its thorough research and clear presentation.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    OK basic book on eastern religions, but hardly scratches the surface.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This is one of the only college textbooks I'll refer to again and again. This is one of the only college textbooks I'll refer to again and again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookwyrm13

    clear and interesting, didnot realize how much of this is rooted in the vedas

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linnea Laffoon

    interesting :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark Hottinger

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dmitriy Klimchuk

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Moore

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lector Inspector

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yulia

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  23. 5 out of 5

    hami

  24. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Krauth

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hughes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Doug Bennett

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joe Perez

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rei

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