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BBC: Genius of the Ancient World – #1/3 – Buddha



Historian Bettany Hughes embarks on an expedition to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: Buddha, Socrates and Confucius. All three physically travelled great distances philosophising as they went and drawing conclusions from their journeys. With Bettany as our guide, she gets under the skin of these three great minds and shines a light on the overlooked significance of the 5th century BC in shaping modern thought across the world. Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy. To begin, she investigates the revolutionary ideas of the Buddha.

Additional Resource from The Open University

The Buddha – Ancient Teachings for the Modern World

Dr Helen Waterhouse explains how the Buddha’s teachings have stayed relevant over time and place.The Buddha Creative commons image Icon Tradition has it that the Buddha gave 84,000 teachings during his 80 year life (he died around 410 BCE).  Although perhaps not literally true, this very large number illustrates the idea that the Buddha’s teachings are so extensive that people in all kinds of different situations can find within them something that meets their particular need. Some people understand what the Buddha taught as philosophy. Others see within it all the elements we expect to find in a religion – practices and rituals; ideas about salvation; otherworldly beings and so on. More recently some have understood the Buddha’s teaching as therapy for stress and other similar problems. Whichever way we characterize the Buddha’s teachings, it is clear that he intended them to be used. MORE AT LINK



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