Due to reasons, i listened to one such lecture today. The lecture itself was nice, apart from one somewhat pompous announcement about possible impending fame of the academic's argument in the book. But for me, who had no idea or interest in buddhism it was certainly informative. According to the lecturer the main trait of buddhism is the theory that one gets returned to the world due to karma, and will just stop returning if karma gets depleted. What i found interesting is that apparently in most buddhism traditions there is no hope of life after return stops (?). If so i find it strange. I mean it is worse than the person who kills himself to leave life, cause in buddhism you have to reach apathy so as to expect that when you die you will die for good (?). Very...ehm...zen -if any here are knowledgable re buddhism, i would be interested in reading whether you agree with what that uni professor said in his lecture.