Seminar in Asian Studies
Capstone experience for majors in the discipline. Varied topics.
Religions of the World
Important ideas and practices of selected major religions in historical and cultural context.
Introduction to Buddhism
Examining the doctrines, practices, and communal life of the Buddhist religious tradition. Beginning with the origins of Buddhism in India, its spread and transformation through Asia and to the West. Exploring the various interpretations about Buddhology, the meaning of Dharma and how it becomes embodied in practice. Studying the Buddhist perspectives and approaches to issues and challenges Buddhist face in the modern world.
East Asian Buddhism
Aspects of East Asian Buddhism, focusing on the Bodhisattva model. The development of early Indian Buddhism and its role in the debate between early Buddhist schools and the emergent Mahayana views. The role of this model in the hagiographic traditions of Buddhist monks, nuns, founders, and saints. Special attention given to the pantheon of Bodhisattva Savior figures, such as Guan Yin (Kannon), Dizong (Jizo), and Milo (Maitreya).
Religions in Japan
The role of religion in Japanese culture. Examining historic Buddhist, Shinto, Confucian, Daoist, and Christian forms and how these relate to contemporary practice, piety, and beliefs. Explores the impact of contemporary New Religions" in Japanese life. Special attention paid to the role of pilgrimage