RE172 - Asian Buddha, American Buddha

This introduction considers the diverse traditions of Buddhism, drawing comparisons between centuries of developments in Asia and recent advancements in the West, particularly in the U.S., over the past century. The focus is twofold: (1) exploring the 5th century BCE life of Buddha, core teachings and practices, the dynamic relationship between monastic and lay communities, and the historical growth of Buddhism across Asia; and (2) examining early Western portrayals of Buddhism, the global spread of Buddhism beyond Asia, and the prominent patterns and issues associated with Buddhism's growth in the U.S., including aspects of commercialization. Meets the Critical Learning: AIM requirement.

1 unit — Gardiner


Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Spring 2025 Block 8 Asian Buddha, American Buddha David Gardiner TBA 25 / 25 05/25/2024
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