This course explores Buddhism, a tradition that claims approximately 500 million practitioners around the globe. Our interdisciplinary approach will trace the historical development and contemporary conditions of the Buddhist tradition. Viewing Buddhism from different perspectives offers an opportunity to experience the richness of this tradition, and interacting with primary and secondary source materials will allow students to engage with various layers of the Buddhist experience. Assigned readings focus on history, literature, and texts, and are supplemented by news pieces, blog posts, documentaries, and audio samples. The course includes guest visits from prominent leaders within the community, as well as class visits to local temples and gatherings.
Note: Fulfills History requirement for MDiv students with a concentration in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement.