Religious Studies | Introduction to Buddhism
R250 | 3967 | Nattier

Historical survey of Buddhism from its origins in India throughout
all of Asia (including China, Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Southeast
Asia, Tibet and Mongolia), concluding with a brief look at the
reception of Buddhism in the 20th-century West.  We will explore
aspects of Buddhist practice (including meditation, morality, and
various rituals) as well as doctrine, and will consider the different
ways in which Buddhism has been approached by women and men, lay
people and monastics, in a variety of Buddhist cultures.  We will
also devote some attention to economic and political issues: what
sort of institutional setting does Buddhist practice require?  How
have governments over the centuries supported, or opposed, the spread
of Buddhism, and why?  What effects have the various cultural and
political changes in the late 20th century had on Buddhist
communities throughout the world?  We will also see a number of
videos on the current situation of Buddhism in various Asian
countries.  No prerequisite.