Name Title Description

AST-470

Seminar in Asian Studies

FYS-1136

Death and Afterlife

The course looks at conceptions of death and afterlife in a variety of Asian religious contexts. It examines how religious communities (Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Shinto, and Daoist) conceptualize death and dying, how they ritually manage the process of death, how these implicate values concerning status, gender, and age, and how they re-create worlds of meaning. We explore symbols of death, rebirth, and afterlife from a variety of examples, such as: Hindu rites of passage, Jain, Hindu, and Buddhist asceticism, the veneration of Buddhist Relics, Mahayana pilgrimage traditions in China and Japan, Chinese mummifications, Daoist thaumaturgy and funerary rites, and Japanese Mizuko Kuyo (Memorials for Aborted Fetuses), and Buddhist Eschatology.

REL-125

Religions of the World

Important ideas and practices of major religions in historical and cultural context.

REL-224

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.

REL-327

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).

Education
Ph.D.
University of Virginia
Th.M.
Harvard Divinity School
M.Div.
Southeastern Baptist Seminary
B.A.
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