Religious Studies | Introduction to Buddhism
R250 | 3769 | 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.