South and Southeast Asian C52: Introduction to the Study of Buddhism

Category: South and Southeast Asian
Course #: 23524
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
MWF 1-2pm HMMB390
DIS 102 (#25200) Tu 10-11am WHLR24
DIS 103 (#23526) Tu 12-1pm DWIN205
DIS 104 (#25199) Tu 1-2pm DWIN283
DIS 106 (#23528) W 10-11am DWIN250
This introduction to the study of Buddhism will consider materials drawn from various Buddhist traditions of Asia, from ancient times down to the present day. However, the course is not intended to be a comprehensive or systematic survey; rather than aiming at breadth, the course is designed around key themes such as ritual, image veneration, mysticism, meditation, and death. The overarching emphasis throughout the course will be on the hermeneutic difficulties attendant upon the study of religion in general, and Buddhism in particular.