East Asian Buddhism

REL-B 310 — Fall 2020

Heather Blair
Days and Times
TR 11:15A-12:30P
Course Description

This discussion-oriented course introduces students to Buddhism in China, Korea, Japan, and the East Asian diaspora. We begin with an introduction to basic Buddhist teachings about how reality works and how we should navigate that reality. From there, we move into four thematic units. First, we examine the Buddhist multiverse and the creatures inhabiting it, from the heavens down to the hells. Then we explore the monastery as a site for dedicated practice by religious specialists (mostly, but not exclusively, monks and nuns). Next we look at how rulers have used Buddhism for political purposes. Finally, we study pilgrimage, which brings people from all walks of life together in sacred places. Course materials cover a broad historical range and draw from multiple genres, from scripture to poetry to film.


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