South and Southeast Asian Studies C145: Buddhism in Contemporary Society

Category: Buddhism
Course #: 27212
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
TuTh 3:30-5, VLSB 2060. Instructor: Mark Blum 27213; Section 101. W 9-10, Hearst Gym 242 27214; Section 102. W 11-12, VLSB 2038 27215; Section 103. W 1-2, Hearst Gym 245 27216; Section 104. W 2-3, Hearst Gym 245
A study of the Buddhist tradition as it is found today in Asia. The course will focus on specific living traditions of East, South, and/or Southeast Asia. Themes to be addressed may include contemporary Buddhist ritual practices; funerary and mortuary customs; the relationship between Buddhism and other local religious traditions; the relationship between Buddhist institutions and the state; Buddhist monasticism and its relationship to the laity; Buddhist ethics; Buddhist "modernism," and so on.