Religious Studies | Introduction to Buddhism
R250 | 5156 | Pettit


The above course meets A&H, CSA distribution and Topic requirements
for the College of Arts and Sciences.

This six-week course is designed to introduce students to the key
ideas and practices that have shaped Buddhism over the course of two
and a half millennia. We will pay special attention to the way the
Buddhist religion has found new (and sometimes radically different)
forms of expression in various regions of the world (i.e. India, SE
Asia, NE Asia, and North America). In each case we will examine
texts, artwork, and sacred spaces and try to interpret these
expressions by understanding how the cultural milieu shaped such
artifacts. This course will enable students to identify what
practices are specific to Buddhists of certain regions and what
features Buddhist practitioners worldwide share.