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Pooja Ahuja

Introduction to Buddhism

Apr 13

Eastern Traditional Wisdom

01:02 PM, Sat, April 13, 2024 — 01:02 PM, Sat, April 13, 2024

South East Asia

This course introduces students to Buddhist traditions. Beginning with the life story of the Buddha, students learn about Buddhism in ancient India, the key texts, doctrines and practices. Following that, Buddhism’s journey out of India is charted. Buddhism’s arrival in Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia East Asia and Central Asia is explored through a variety of sources; archaeological, epigraphic, textual, ethnographic. At the conclusion of the course, students will have gained a good grounding in key doctrines and practices, have an overview of the history of Buddhism as it developed over the centuries, and have begun to have some awareness of Buddhist textual traditions. This initial exposure to textual traditions is developed more fully in the second semester core course on Understanding Buddhist Texts...