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

Category: Buddhism
Course #: 23084
Units: 4
Times and Locations:

MWF 10-11, 145 Dwinelle

Section 101 (#23085) W 11-12pm, 104 Social Sciences Building
Section 102 (#24228): W 12-1pm, 2038 Valley Life Sciences
Section 103 (#23086): W 1-2pm, 251 Dwinelle
Section 104 (#24227): Th 10-11am, tbd
Section 105 (#23087): Th 11-12pm, 87 Evans
Section 106 (#23088): Th 12-1pm, 83 Dwinelle
Section 107 (#26961): Th 1-2pm, 102 Wheeler
Section 108 (#26962): F 9-10am, 87 Dwinelle
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.