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RES 296R Topic: Buddhism

Course Description: Buddhism, the fourth-largest religion in the world in terms of believers, was founded by Siddartha Gautama Shakyamuni, the Buddha, in the 6th century BCE. This course will examine the Theravada and Mahayana schools, each within the context of its historical, ethnical, linguistic and theological roots, within India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Japan, and Korea, as well as within the Western world, where Buddhist schools continue to make major inroads and exert large-scale influence in popular culture, art, and literature.


3 credits