Religious Studies | Introduction to Buddhism
B210 | 13590 | R. Nance


This course offers a broad overview of Buddhist ideas and practices, from their origins in
India to their later expansions into other parts of Asia (and their more recent incursions into
Europe and the Americas). The course has two main aims: first, to familiarize you with
Buddhism as it has taken shape in various historical and cultural settings; second, to invite
you to think carefully and critically about Buddhist ideas and practices and what they imply for
those who espouse and engage in them. In pursuit of these aims, we will investigate a wide
range of primary sources in translation, together with additional texts (and a few films) that
will help you to contextualize and understand this material. No previous knowledge of
Buddhism is required.