This course is designed to introduce students to the Buddhist religion - its history, fundamental doctrines, and practices. It will pay close attention to how Buddhism influenced the collective histories and personal lives of the people who identify themselves as "Buddhists" across the expanse of time and space. This course will focus on both historical and contemporary expressions of Buddhism. Careful readings of translations of Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, and Tibetan primary texts will be done in tandem with readings of modern critical studies of these texts. Special attention will be given to Thai, East Asian, and Tibetan Buddhism.
Triad: Philosophy/Religion or Language/Global Issues