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"Buddha" - Karen Armstrong

May 05, 2001 08:29 PM
by ramadoss

Little while ago, I accidentally watched a talk by Karen Armstrong - author of a biography "Buddha" on CSpan-2. As one who has been around theosophy, it was a very insightful presentation and I think anyone interested in Buddha and Buddhism would be find it very informative and thought provoking.

Karen is a former Catholic Nun who has published several books on Religion and her recent book titled "Buddha" is published by Viking. Her speech was based on her book (which I have not read). Here is an brief abstract of the speech.

Armstrong, Karen, Author

Ms. Armstrong discussed some of the themes of her
biography Buddha, published as part of the Penguin Lives
series by Viking. Ms. Armstrong discussed some of the
major aspects of Buddha's life and teachings. She placed
special emphasis on Buddha's ideas about human suffering,
and argued that the Western conception of God is
comparable to the Buddhist idea of nirvana. She also argued
that the world's major religious traditions are unified in their
insistence on the importance of compassion.


Ps: It is quite possible that the speech would be rebroadcast on Cspan-2 and I do not know when.

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