Honors | Religions of the East
R153 | 3469-3468 | Haberman, D


Lecture, 3468: 10:10A-11:00A TR    MO 007
Honors Discussion, 3469: 01:25P-02:15P R     BH 221

This course carries Culture Studies credit.

Why does the god Ganesh have the head of an elephant?  Why did Buddh aleave
the luxury of the palace?  What did Confucius really say?  What's so good
about a worthless tree?  Come find the answers to these and many other
questions.  This course is designed as an introduction to the major
religious traditions of Asia, with special attention to Hinduism, Buddhism,
Confucianism, and Taoism.  After examining the historical
context of each tradition we will explore through primary texts the wide
range of world views and the variety of ways of being religious that
comprise Asian religions.  A central question for the course will be: "Is
the religious life a celebration of something natural or does it necessarily
involve unnatural discipline?"  Concomitant issues to be explored include
differing views of the world, concepts of human nature, and proposals for
appropriate religious action.  In addition to the textbook, The Sacred Paths
of the East, readings will be from a course reader that contains a wide
variety of scriptures drawn from the many
traditions we will be examining.  There are no prerequisites.  The honors
section of this lecture-discussion course is a special discussion section
that will be led by the professor of the course.  This discussion section
will be designed particularly to move students beyond the historical context
of the various religious texts presented in lecture and into an exploration
of their existential implications.