May 24, 2022  
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RELI 233 - The Buddha in the World

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as ASIA 233 ) The Buddha and his followers have had a profound influence on Asian cultures for more than two millennia. In this class we explore a variety of Buddhist imaginaries and practices beginning with ones that emerged in the first centuries after the historical Buddha, and tracing the development of these practices throughout Asia with an emphasis on China. We engage themes such as suffering, death, monastic institutionalism, the role of women and gender, the challenges of Euroamerican colonialisms, and the tensions between textual ideals and everyday practices. Michael Walsh.

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS

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