This general introduction to Buddhism surveys the history and development of Buddhist thought within its three broad expressions–Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. The aim of the course familiarizes students with Buddhist worldviews and offers an opportunity to engage the material critically. Students read a number of primary sources in translation as well as additional texts organized thematically and historically to contextualize this material.

Prerequisites: IE 221 or permission of the instructor.

Note: Theology requirement for MDiv students with a concentration in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement.