Religious Studies | Introduction to Buddhism
B210 | 27806 | R. Nance


The above course carries Culture Studies A credit
The above course carries COLL A & H distribution credit
Fulfills the College Topics requirement
Previously REL-R250
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.