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Professor Malcolm David Eckel, Ph.D.

Professor Malcolm David Eckel
  • Boston University
  • Harvard University
When I made my course on Buddhism, I had no idea who would be listening my lectures. It has been immensely satisfying to see the course help so many people enjoy the variety, complexity, and depth of this beautiful tradition.
Dr. Malcolm David Eckel is Professor of Religion and Director of the Core Curriculum at Boston University. He holds two bachelor's degrees, one in English from Harvard University and a second in Theology from Oxford University. Professor Eckel earned his master's degree in theology at Oxford University and his Ph.D. in the Study of Comparative Religion at Harvard University. He held teaching positions at Ohio Wesleyan University, Middlebury College in Vermont, and the Harvard Divinity School, where he served as acting director of the Center for the Study of World Religions. At Boston University, Professor Eckel teaches courses on Buddhism, comparative religion, and the religions of Asia. In 1998, Professor Eckel received the Metcalf Award for Teaching Excellence, the university's highest award for teaching. In addition to writing many articles, Professor Eckel has published two books on Buddhist philosophy: To See the Buddha: A Philosopher's Quest for the Meaning of Emptiness and Buddhism: Origins, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places.
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"Professor Eckel is, as expected, well-versed in Buddhist teachings. He's an active, interesting speaker who never tries to prostelyze, only explore and share information."

 

"Dr. Malcolm David Eckel, has to be congratulated for his relaxed, tic-free, well-paced style. His manner is friendly, helpful, clearly sincere, ideally suited to the subject. He even throws in a little touch of humour."

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  1. Buddhism Sale

    Buddhism

    Malcolm David Eckel
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    In its 2,500-year history, Buddhism has expanded from a tiny religious community in northern India into a movement that now spans the globe. Buddhism is your opportunity to trace the history, principles, and evolution of a theology that is both familiar and foreign. In 24 revealing lectures, you survey the faith from its origins in the 6th century B.C.E. to its present status as a major world religion. Award-winning...
  2. Great World Religions: Buddhism

    Great World Religions: Buddhism

    Malcolm David Eckel
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    In its 2,500-year history, Buddhism has expanded from a tiny religious community in northern India into a movement that now spans the globe. Buddhism is your opportunity to trace the history, principles, and evolution of a theology that is both familiar and foreign. These lectures are a historical survey of Buddhism, from its origin in India in the 6th century B.C.E. to its present status as a major world faith....
  3. (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set on sale

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $1,151.80 Starting at $115.90 $222.90 $115.90$222.90
    Gain a deep understanding of the world’s spiritual beliefs with this fascinating course set. In Sacred Texts of the World, delve into the written works that convey the values that each faith’s adherents live by, and, at times, have been willing to die for. Then, in Great World Religions, get an in-depth examination of the five major faiths of the world.
  4. (Set) Great World Religions: Buddhism/Buddhism Set

    (Set) Great World Religions: Buddhism/Buddhism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  5. (Set)  The Great Ideas of Humankind Set

    (Set) The Great Ideas of Humankind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,754.40 Starting at $3,754.40 $3,754.40 $3,754.40$3,754.40
  6. (Set) Buddhism; Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions; & Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World  Set

    (Set) Buddhism; Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions; & Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.85 Starting at $509.85 $1,029.85 $509.85$1,029.85
    Investigate the varieties of faith in the ancient world with this three-course set taught by expert religious scholars and award-winning professors. Buddhism is your opportunity to trace the history, principles, and evolution of a theology that is both familiar and foreign. Religions of the Axial Age offers a rare opportunity to relate your own spiritual questions to a variety of ancient quests for meaning and...
  7. (Set) Comparative Religion; Great World Religions, 2nd Edition; & Introduction to the Study of Religion  Set

    (Set) Comparative Religion; Great World Religions, 2nd Edition; & Introduction to the Study of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $709.65 Starting at $709.65 $1,509.65 $709.65$1,509.65
    Travel deep into the heart of religion as it is felt and practiced around the world with this three-course introduction to the profound nature of faith. First, explore the nature of faith with Comparative Religion, an in-depth look at how five great faiths address core issues in parallel and different ways. Then, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism in Great...
  8. (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  & Buddhism  Set

    (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life & Buddhism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  9. (Set) Buddhism & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation  Set

    (Set) Buddhism & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Trace the history, principles, and evolution of a major religion, and learn the skills of meditation to bring its empowering benefits to every area of your life. In Buddhism, see how a tiny religious community in northern India expanded into a movement that now spans the globe. And in Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, get a clear understanding of the principles and benefits of meditation and how...
  10. (Set) Comparative Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Comparative Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Master the beliefs, practices, and importance of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Comparative Religion is your chance to grasp how these five great religions address the same core issues in parallel and different ways. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, is an encyclopedic examination of the vibrant heart of each of these five faiths.
  11. (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  12. (Set) Understanding the East  Set

    (Set) Understanding the East

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $659.80 Starting at $659.80 $1,259.80 $659.80$1,259.80
    Explore the philosophy, religions, and practices of the East in this four-course set that gives you a new perspective on some of life's most profound questions. First, in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, see how great Eastern philosophers came up with wholly different ways of approaching, understanding, and solving the same fundamental questions that concerned the West's greatest thinkers. Next, in...
  13. (Set) Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.70 Starting at $699.70 $1,519.70 $699.70$1,519.70
    Explore the breathtaking varieties of the religious experience in these two illuminating courses. Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World takes you back to ancient history and reveals how various civilizations coped with the mysteries of life in their own unique ways. Then, penetrate the rich spiritual heart of the world's five great faiths—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism—in...
  14. (Set) Introduction to the Study of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Introduction to the Study of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  15. (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Discover a wealth of fascinating information about human societies and their belief systems. Peoples and Cultures of the World shows you how cultural anthropology helps us understand the world's diverse societies. Then, explore the intricate belief systems of some of these societies in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, which takes you inside the heart of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
  16. (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Get a comprehensive knowledge of the world's religions in this intriguing two-course set. In Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know, learn the basic teachings, symbols, practices, founders, institutions, and values of the world's religious traditions. And in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, explore the teachings, culture, and influence on civilization of the world's five...
  17. (Set) Religions of the Axial Age & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Religions of the Axial Age & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    How has religious experience changed and diversified throughout history? Discover the fascinating answer to this question in Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions—which shows you the historical conditions in which the world's faiths arose—and in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, which explores the history and growth of the world's five major faiths.
  18. (Set) Great World Religions, 2nd Edition & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Great World Religions, 2nd Edition & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Explore the history and nature of faith as it's practiced around the world. The 60 enjoyable and informative lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition give you an insider's look at Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. New Testament draws on modern biblical scholarship, recent archaeological discoveries, and careful literary analysis to trace the history of the New Testament and the early...
  19. (Set) History of Ancient Egypt & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Egypt & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.70 Starting at $699.70 $1,519.70 $699.70$1,519.70
    In History of Ancient Egypt, award-winning Professor Bob Brier guides you through the full 3,000 years of recorded ancient Egyptian history. Then, venture into the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in the 60 enjoyable and informative lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition.
  20. (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Illuminate your understanding of four spiritual teachers and five major world faiths with this comprehensive two-course set. First, discover new perspectives on the moral and spiritual precepts on which much of human civilization is built with Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Then, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition.
  21. (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Embark on a grand journey through the nature of religious experience as it is lived and felt around the world with this two-course set. Start with a detailed look at the mystical aspects of the three Abrahamic faiths with Mystical Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Then, in the 60 lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, get an insider's look at Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism...
  22. (Set) Philosophy of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Approach religion from a spiritual and philosophical perspective in this two-course set delivered by a team of expert religion scholars. First, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition. Next, explore piercing questions about divine existence with the tools of epistemology—the branch of philosophy that concerns itself with...
  23. (Set)  Great World Religions & Old Testament Set

    (Set) Great World Religions & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  24. (Set)  Buddhism & Religions of the Axial Age Set

    (Set) Buddhism & Religions of the Axial Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  25. (Set) Religion Super Set - 11 courses Set

    (Set) Religion Super Set - 11 courses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,299.45 Starting at $1,299.45 $2,649.45 $1,299.45$2,649.45
    This in-depth course set takes you deep into the heart of religion as it is felt and practiced around the world and illuminates your understanding of five major faiths. Introduction to the Study of Religion provides a vibrant first look at the discipline known as religious studies, while Great World Religions, 2nd Edition investigates the history and nature of the world's five major faiths: Judaism, Christianity,...
  26. (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Travel to the ancient and spiritual heart of the religious experience. In Exploring the Roots of Religion, learn how sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more have provided us with unparalleled knowledge about early spiritual practices and beliefs from around the world. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition gives you an insider's look at the world's five major faiths—Judaism, Christianity,...
  27. (Set) Buddhism & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Buddhism & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get an intriguing look at how philosophers and other great thinkers of the Eastern intellectual tradition have attempted to answer life's most important questions. In Buddhism, Professor Malcolm David Eckel introduces you to the astonishing vitality and adaptability of Buddhism, which has transformed Eastern civilizations and become a lively component in the cultures of the West. And in Great Minds of the Eastern...
  28. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition Set on sale

    Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $849.80 Starting at $79.95 $149.95 $79.95$149.95
    Join five top college professors in this all-new version of Great World Religions, an authoritative, informative, and up-to-date survey of the history and nature of the world's five major faiths: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. How are these religions alike? How are they dissimilar? What issues are most meaningful to each religion's adherents? This 60-lecture tour does more than just enhance...