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These 24 extraordinary lectures offer you the rare opportunity to relate your own spiritual questions to a variety of ancient quests for meaning and transcendence. Professor Muesse looks at the historical conditions in which the world religions arose and explores how they answered shared metaphysical and human dilemmas.
The Axial Age - a pivotal era between 800 and 200 B.C.E. - saw the rise of many of the world's religions in Iran, South Asia, and China. On this stirring journey, you'll learn about the rise of Zoroastrianism in Persia (now Iran); Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism on the Indian subcontinent; and Confucianism and Daoism in China. You'll also see how these religions compare, contrast, and contribute to contemporary Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Through sacred texts, modern scholarship, and thoughts arising from his own personal experiences, Professor Muesse reveals what it meant to be a conscious, morally responsible individual in the Axial Age. You'll enjoy a ringside seat as each founding sage wrestles with moral accountability, the nature of self and ultimate reality, good versus evil, suffering and transcendence - all topics that still puzzle us today.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses
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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul A. on 12-09-17

Excellent teaching

The best great courses professor out there. Very open to all religion. Very secular book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-19-16


Have you listened to any of Professor Mark W. Muesse’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listed to Professor Muesse's courses on Mindfulness Practice & Hinduism. I always enjoy his courses! I particularly enjoyed the depth and reflection that he was able to give in this lecture series! As always, I was moved by the last lecture. He has an awesome ability to sum up the entire course and still present new ideas and insights. I will listen to this course again in the future.

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