ASIAN 230 - Introduction to Buddhism
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a concentration plan in Philosophy.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.

In this course, you will form a basic acquaintance with some representative ideas and practices of the Buddhist Tradition in its development of some two thousand five hundred years. We will devote the bulk of the course to exploring the origins and development of Buddhism in India, the land of its birth. In the final few weeks we will make a survey of the transmission and vicissitudes of Buddhism elsewhere, lingering for stops in Tibet, China, Japan, and North America. Throughout this time, you will be asked to use these materials continuously to test your own criteria for defining "religion," and your ideas of how we can have fruitful encounters with the religious traditions of others (and this applies even if you are yourself a practicing Buddhist). Other key themes that you will encounter in the presentation of Buddhism include:

  1. Buddhism and the visual arts and literature;
  2. Buddhism and its troubled relationship with state authority and violence;
  3. the modulating effects of factors like gender, class, and ethnic identity on the experience of Buddhism; and
  4. Buddhism and its acculturation to new cultural spheres.
There will be considerable readings of selected Buddhist primary texts in English. Course requirements include regular attendance, biweekly short response papers and two exams (midterm and final).

ASIAN 230 - Introduction to Buddhism
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
17539
Open
180
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
17540
Open
6
 
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M 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
17541
Open
14
 
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M 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
17543
Open
5
 
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M 2:00PM - 3:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
17544
Open
6
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
007 (DIS)
P
17545
Open
17
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
17546
Open
13
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
17547
Open
10
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
012 (DIS)
P
17550
Open
9
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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