HDS 3540

Buddhist Literature in South Asia and Beyond

Shenghai Li


Buddhist literary texts were an innovative force in the cultures of many parts of Asia. This course explores major Buddhist themes and genres in India, ranging from biographies of the Buddha, stories of his former lives, tales of magnificent exploits, to poetry and drama, and their continuing forms in other Asian literatures. While reading Asian Buddhist texts in translation, we will examine such questions as the role of language, the different functions of prose and verse, and the extent to which these texts are to be considered Buddhist.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as South Asian Studies 197


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Wed 3pm-6pm
FAS Barker Center Room 024 (McFadden)

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None