With respect to my own benefit, the material has greatly enhanced my awareness of knowledge and provided an empowering corraboration of my Western instincts. Thank you. I am assuming that as in any university lecture series, you must put in the reading to achieve the full benefit. The difference here is that the order is lecture then read instead of read then lecture. This works for me since I do not have time to do all the reading. At the moment I am thrilled to learn to learn basic material and of the existence of things which my high school and university educations denied me. The powerpoint slides have been adequate for me to organize the information in my mind as a lecture progresses.