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Saud

Saud United States Member Since 2007

Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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  • "Much Richer than You Would Think"

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    I listened to this right after its Western counterpart, and immediately noticed a lot of parallels (debates on the meaning of life) and deviance (emphasis on spirituality until very recently.) There is a lot of concentrated wisdom in this course from China, Japan, India and (in a single lecture) Korea. I was disappointed at the complete absence of Russia in this course, however.

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    Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant Hardy
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    Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as . the existence of God; . the meaning of life; and. the nature of truth and reality.This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers-from a much-honored teacher and scholar-offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi-responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

    Michael says: "Great Lectures among the best of the Great Courses"
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    "To be... and only to be."

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    I have been reading this book on a loop for the past two weeks. It is not a book to read. It is a book to absorb. It needs to sipped into the texture of one's life. I found it to be the case for all I have read by Jone Kabat-Zinn so far. The "Eastern" elements can be disorienting at times as they appear to contradict all we were taught about the American way of life--striving in particular. And try "non-judging" for size. But with each new reading, the "Western" resilience breaks down a bit more. The book will not make a Buddhist out of the reader. Or if it does, it was not JKZ's intent. But it will make you feel more alive. Just listen. And really pay attention to the words.

  • Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

    "Infuriating "punch line""

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    I loved every aspect of this book. The translation, granted I know no other, was in clear and modern English that allowed me to fully appreciate the content in all its subtleties. Stephen Michell's soft tone of voice and the slow pace of his reading gently lead me through the meanders of Lao Tzu's thoughts.
    As I heard the gentle voice say "by not dominating, the master leads", I was sinking deeper into a comfortable meditative mode. When suddenly, that Jack sprung out of her box: "Hello, this is Cherry Jones... bla bla bla". What possessed the producers of that book to kill it with that obnoxious ad at the end, which jumps into the listener's ears without a iota of a pause or a transition to isolate it from the reading of the Tao? That is how I learned that the reading of the Tao was over. With Ms Jones yelling in my ears.
    That explains my one star for "Overall." There should be a grading for production quality.

  • Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama

    "A bit dry but..."

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    Yes, I would agree with the readers who found this book a bit dry. Both the format and the content read like the transcript of a symposium. The narrator has a blank tone to match the format. And indeed this book is basically the transcript of a five day symposium. But the readers who enjoyed Daniel Goleman's Social Intelligence, and Emotional Intelligence, and presumably the Dalai Lama's books (none of which I have read yet) will no doubt enjoy this read. I found the parallel between modern neuroscience and Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama's approach to science absolutely fascinating. It is not a how-to book. It doesn't offer practice, exercises, and self help strategies. It is a polyphonic dialogue between high level scientists and devout Buddhists. It is very respectful, enriching, and highly civilized. If the world listened to this group of people, both scientists and monks, it would be a much better place.

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  • "Among the Best Great Courses = Don'..."

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    What did you love best about Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition?

    Dr Hardy has a complete mastery of the material. It sounds like he is recalling from memory and it comes across as very conversational. He brings to light the genius of the philosophical thought from India and China and then includes Japan and Korea.
    The history of the East is enlightening


    What other book might you compare Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition to and why?

    The closest comparison is to The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida. However, I think this was better.

    The performance was outstanding. Mastery of the material. Conversational and Enthusiastic. You could tell he loved the material and he could not wait to tell you all about it.

    The Story was great. Dr Hardy was careful to repeat any lists and he went through them methodically and clearly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite part.

    There were many interesting and entertaining parts. You learn about "one hand clapping" and "shooting the messenger"

    However the most memorable part that I paused and listened to over and over was:
    Study Extensively
    Inquire Carefully
    Ponder Thoroughly
    Sift Clearly
    Practice Earnestly - Zhu Xi


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried when it was over. I wanted to continue to hear more. I will definitely be listening to this one again and take more notes.


    Any additional comments?

    Thought provoking
    Entertaining
    Enriching
    You will definitely come away with a better appreciation of Eastern thought. You will also have a lot that can be applied to your life, like the following:
    Knowledge and Action Must go Together

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    • Narrated By Professor Grant Hardy
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    Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as . the existence of God; . the meaning of life; and. the nature of truth and reality.This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers-from a much-honored teacher and scholar-offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi-responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

    Michael says: "Great Lectures among the best of the Great Courses"

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  • Walking the Walk: Putting the Teachings into Practice When It Matters Most  by Pema Chödrön Narrated by Pema Chödrön

    Walking the Walk: Putting the Teachings into Practice When It Matters Most

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pema Chödrön
    • Narrated By Pema Chödrön
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    It's one thing to hear a life-changing truth or to have a conceptual grasp on spiritual wisdom. But it’s another thing to "walk the walk" - or to put into practice the good advice we've been given. What does it mean to walk the walk in our everyday lives? According to Pema Chödrön, it means being down-to-earth, genuine, and perhaps most importantly, it means engaging in the teachings in order to actively confront anything and everything we’ve heretofore rejected in our attempts to find happiness.

    Claudine says: "Putting Lessons to Action"
  • The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, & Liberation (






UNABRIDGED) by Thich Nhat Hanh Narrated by Rene Ruiz

    The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, & Liberation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
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    In The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha's teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. With poetry and clarity, Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy - all qualities of enlightenment.

    Mike says: "Good traditional information on Buddhism"
  • Basic Buddhism  by Robert Thurman Narrated by Robert Thurman

    Basic Buddhism

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Thurman
    • Narrated By Robert Thurman
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    Robert Thurman's Basic Buddhism is a collective series of five lectures he has given on Buddhism. In these lectures, Thurman patiently takes apart each jewel of Buddhism: The Buddha as the teacher of enlightenment, the Dharma as the teaching, or enlightenment itself, and the Sangha as the historical and current community of learners seeking to become Buddhas.