RELIGION 230 - Introduction to Buddhism
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

IS THE DALAI LAMA A BUDDHIST POPE? WHY DO SOME BUDDHISTS EAT MEAT? HOW DID “ZEN” BECOME A MARKETING TOOL?

In this course, we will use diverse methodologies — including those of history, philosophy, religious studies, anthropology, and art history — to survey ideas and practices in the Buddhist tradition during its development of some two thousand five hundred years. We will devote most of the course to exploring the origins and development of Buddhism in India, the land of its birth, before surveying the vicissitudes of Buddhism elsewhere, with stops planned in China, Sri Lanka, the Tibetan cultural sphere, and North America. Throughout the academic term, we will constantly test and retest our criteria for defining “religion,” and our ideas of how people can have fruitful encounters with the religious traditions of others. Themes emphasized in this presentation of Buddhism include:

  1. the visual arts and other forms of material culture in Buddhism;
  2. Buddhism, authority and violence; and
  3. the acculturation of Buddhism to new cultural configurations.

NO PREREQUISITES! ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME.

RELIGION 230 - Introduction to Buddhism
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
23507
Open
53
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
23511
Open
13
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
23515
Open
2
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
23519
Open
2
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
23527
Open
5
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
23531
Open
6
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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