This course is a general introduction to Buddhism, beginning with the contexts of its early development in India, continuing with its historical dissemination throughout Asia, and concluding with modern representations. The course will examine the historical and cultural contexts in which Buddhist beliefs and practices developed, as well as the ways in which they are still developing today. By exploring a wide variety of primary and secondary sources form different Buddhist traditions, we will come to understand the many ways in which Buddhist scholars and practitioners have spoken about the Buddha, Buddhist teachings, and Buddhist practices. Finally, we will examine the views of contemporary Buddhist scholars on the challenges and potential contributions of Buddhism in the modern world. By completing this course students will become familiar with the historical development, major institutions, and major movements in the different types of Buddhism found throughout the world.
- Teacher: McGrath William