RELI 315: Buddhism

RELI 315-001: Buddhism
(Spring 2024)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Krug Hall 242

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Section Information for Spring 2024

This course explores the core teachings and practices of Buddhism and introduces to different traditions and practices from their origins in India to their diffusion throughout Asia, and recently, into the west. We will begin with exploring the Three Jewels – the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha - with special attention to the Four Noble Truths, rebirth and cosmology, karma, holy beings and monastic discipline.

Buddhist doctrines explain the ways of understanding reality in an impermanent world, analysis of human condition and path to enlightenment or nirvana. Buddhist practices of devotion, meditation and ethics help to cultivate the qualities of mindfulness of body and mind, moral virtues, loving kindness and compassion. Teachings and practices serve as the essentials for the development of societal well-being and spiritual advancement of awakening. Buddhism has been very good at adapting to different cultures so it would be interesting to learn
its interactions with other traditions in cultural, political and religious domains of foreign lands.
We will look at the development of Theravada and Mahayana traditions with reference to their different philosophical perspectives and doctrinal beliefs as well as the diffusion of these traditions to South and Southeast Asia, East Asia and North America.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Surveys Buddhist religious traditions. Includes historical development of Buddhism in India, China, and Japan, examining both Theravada and Mahayana traditions; philosophical and religious significance of Buddhism; and social and political implications of Buddhist traditions in South Asian and East Asian countries. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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