||[Oct. 14th, 2006|07:16 pm]
Asian Religions and Philosophy
I haven't had much time for reading lately, but I have found time to listen to audiobooks on my way to work.|
The local library has an audiobook series called Great World Religions: Beliefs, Practices and Histories. It's published by something called The Teaching Company, in 1996, and consists of 5 parts, each focusing on a different religious arena.
I'm currently listening to Part V - Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh: The Religions of India. It consists of 10 lectures given by Diana Eck, who is a professor of comparative religion at Harvard. She is considered one of the foremost professors of Indian religions, and has also done extensive work on Religions in America.
I've only made it through the first few lectures, but she's a great speaker and the series is fascinating to listen to. The material might be familiar to those who have taken an intro to Indian religions class, but I found it an invigorating refresher of things I had forgotten. There's also a booklet that accompanies the series, which contains outlines of each lecture and a glossary of terms.
Next on my listen-to list is Part IV - Confucius, the Tao, the Ancestors and the Buddha: The Religions of China. That lecture series is given by Robert Henricks, one of the familiar scholars on Chinese religions.
The only drawback of the series is that it is on cassette tape. I've needed to convert it to digital format to listen to it, but it's well worth the extra effort. Let meknow if you're interested and I can try to figure out how to send you an mp3 file of on of the lectures to get a taste of what it's like.