Religious Studies | Introduction to Buddhism
R250 | 11505 | Goble

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

This course introduces students to key features in the historical
development of Buddhism to the present. Topics covered will include
the origin and growth of Buddhism in India and the dissemination of
particular articulations of the Buddha’s teaching in Sri Lanka,
China, Japan, Tibet, and the United States. Special emphasis will be
placed on continuities and innovations within Buddhist traditions
across time and cultures as represented in text, art, and practice.
Students will also have the option to view contemporary Asian films
depicting Buddhist themes and the role of Buddhism in popular
culture. Final grades will be determined by a series of quizzes and
in-class exercises. This course carries no prerequisites.