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Buddhist Art and Architecture

Lecture no. 8 from the course: Buddhism

 Buddhist Art and Architecture

Taught by Professor Malcolm David Eckel | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

Buddhists developed distinctive artistic and architectural styles to express their understanding of the Buddha's teaching and to serve as the focus of worship and veneration. A blend of Indian and Hellenistic influences created the classic Gupta style that inspired Buddhist art throughout the rest of Asia.

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v********m
December 3, 2018
He is OK on the art, architecture, history, how the religion travelled. BUT - bodhisattvas are NOT deities; dukkha is NOT suffering [=the insufficiency; nothing will ever fully satisfy you, no matter how joyful, nothing is really "enough"]. I'm a Buddhist and just cringed at many of his definitions and explanations. It's like a Christian is trying to talk about Buddhism and is only making a glancing blow at it. Every once in a while, he is gloriously on target. He has a nice command of the Sanscrit/Pali, though the "pronounce Sanscrit with your mouth full of tissues and you have Pali" was too stupid to live. Only a good class for someone who already knows the reality and wants to learn about art, architecture or dissemination history. He'd do better if he stopped trying to make analogies. Don't dummy it down for the lazy 18 year old undergrads. Clear your mind of all concepts and just listen to what the suttras say; that will get you closer to the reality of Buddhism. "3" is kindness based on the later chapters. Karma definition was horrible and reincarnation - NOT a wandering process. Hindus are trying to get closer to moksha and Buddhists are definitely aiming for the summit called nirvana. Aargh......

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s********m
September 15, 2015

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