• The Modern Scholar

  • Religions of the East: Paths to Enlightenment
  • By: Stephen Prothero
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Lecture
  • Release date: 10-31-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (90 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The main aim of this course is to cultivate basic literacy in the principal religions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. This course explores the origins of these religious traditions in Asia and their transplantation to the United States. The course focuses on three related issues: why religion matters, what the term "religion" means, and how Asian religions - especially Buddhism and Confucianism - wonderfully complicate that term.
©2005 Stephen Prothero; (P)2005 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Chi-Hung on 06-29-10

A scholarly presentation

The professor knows what he's talking about, this presentation is lucid and very objective, although I wish he could work on his Chinese Pronunciation, since this is a lecture, I can't blame the narrator, but still it is interesting.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Listen on 08-22-11

Over promise, under delivery

This is an ambitious project, which is unfortunately undelivered I my view. The descriptions were over-simplistic and they were accompanied with shallow explanations and examples that overall the lecturer did not do justice to this extraordinarily profound and complex subject. Also, being as a professor of Eastern religious study, the lecturer's inability to properly pronounce some of the key concepts is just shocking. Surely one of his Chinese or Japanese-speaking undergrads could have given him a lesson or two around the recording time.

Having listened a dozen of books in this Modern Scholar collection and generally satisfied with overall quality and value of these books, I have to say that this one is probably the most disappointing one.

Two stars for the effort.

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4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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