HDS 3830

Studying Buddhism Across Time and Place

Janet Gyatso


A critical introduction to key values, ideas, people and practices in Buddhist traditions, from the teachings of the historical Buddha through their specific developments across Asia and down to their modern reception in the Beat poets and contemporary socially engaged Buddhism. The course explores Buddhism's distinctive understanding of human experience, its disciplinary and meditative practices, and its outstanding works of literature. It highlights the way that Buddhism shifted as it spread across Asia and adapted to new cultural contexts, a process that still continues, now across the world. This allows us to study both the historical contributions of Buddhism to the philosophies and self-cultivation traditions of Asia, and the new ways it serves as a global human heritage in the contemporary context.For FAS, register in "Culture and Belief" 25. Note: course has additional section hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Culture and Belief 25


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Tue Thu 11:30am-1pm
FAS CGIS South Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium)

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Buddhist Studies
  • East Asian Religious Studies
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Buddhist Studies
  • East Asian Religions
  • South Asian Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None