Religious Studies | Introduction to Buddhism
R250 | 10832 | R. Nance
Class carries COLL A&H and Culture Studies A distribution.
Class fulfills The College Topics requirement.
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.