Siddhartha Gotama: Birth to Enlightenment (University Lecture)
Josh Bertetta, Ph.D, Published on Apr 18, 2015
The first lecture of our Buddhism unit begins by discussing a little about why and how Buddhism can often be challenging for modern peoples raised in Western society. We then move on to discussing the Buddha's life, beginning with his birth and issues concerning his birth narrative. From there we trace the Buddha's life, focusing on the episode known as the Four Sights, the trouble it caused him, then his eventual decision to leave his palace home in his search for a way to overcome suffering. Our discussion concludes by looking at the various periods of his meditation while sitting under the bo tree, culminating with his Enlightenment.
Buddhism: Three Characteristics of Existence and the First Two Noble Truths (University Lecture)
Published on Apr 20, 2015
This, the second day of our Buddhism Unit, begins with a discussion of the Three Characteristics of Existence (impermanence, anatta, and nirvana). From there we look at what makes us who we are (The Five Aggregates) followed by a discussion of the first two Noble Truths, paying particular attention to the term "dukkha," often translated as suffering.
Noble Truths Three and Four, Nirvana, and Codependent Arising (University Lecture)
Published on May 3, 2015
Beginning with a method by which to address our suffering, our discussion then moves on to the Third Noble Truth, pausing on Nirvana. We then discuss the Fourth Noble Truth, paying particular attention to the Noble Eightfold Path. The lecture concludes with an examination of Co-dependent Arising with an example of how the teaching works.