South and Southeast Asian Studies C145: Buddhism in Contemporary Society

Category: South and Southeast Asian
Course #: 19880
Units: 4
Times and Locations:

TTh 3:30-5, 2060 VLSB

Section 101 (#19881) W 9-10pm, 229 Dwinelle
Section 102 (#19882): W 11-12pm, 258 Dwinelle
Section 103 (#19883) W 1-2pm, 255 Dwinelle
Section 104 (#19884): Th 1-2pm, 251 Dwinelle
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.