2018 Winter Course Offerings in Buddhist Studies

2018 Winter Course Offerings in Buddhist Studies

With the start of the new 2018 academic year upon us, we are excited to share some of our Buddhist Studies course offerings! See below for a full listings of all courses:


ASIA 211: Sex, Sexual Ethics, and Asian Religions

Sex and sexual ethics in the scriptures, monastic rules, rituals, and narratives of Asian religions, such as Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

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ASIA 250: Introduction to Buddhism

Origins, basic teachings, development of Theravada, Mahayana, and Tantric traditions, historical spread first through Asia and later the world, and Buddhism in contemporary societies.

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ASIA 301: Buddhism in the Modern Era

Buddhism from the nineteenth century to present day with special emphasis on its history and character in local settings, including specific traditions such as Tibetan Nyingma and Japanese Zen, as well as the development of a modern and global “Buddhism.”

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ASIA 303: Mahayana Buddhism

Historical and philosophical development of Mahayana Buddhism.

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ASIA 311: Tibetan Buddhism

Religious terrain of the Tibetan cultural realm, looking at the history and development of Tibetan Buddhism and key ideas of the four main Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

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ASIA 382: Buddhism in China

History, thought, and practices of Chinese Buddhism from its beginnings until the twentieth century.

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ASIA 385: Chan/Zen Buddhism – Doctrine and Practice

The history, doctrines, and practices of Chan Buddhism, particularly the profound influence of Chan Buddhism on various aspects of East Asian culture.

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ASIA 387: Japanese Religions

An introduction to traditional Japanese religions including Shinto, Buddhism, Shugendo, Confucianism, new religions and folklore, and their roles in Japanese history, culture and society.

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  • 001 (taught by Dr. Frank Clements): Term 1 – Mon, Wed, Fri 2:00-3:00 pm. Register here!

ASIA 388: Buddhist, Brahmanical, and Jain Philosophers in Interaction

Debates on issues of epistemology, language and ontology among the philosophical schools or systems of classical India Nagarjuna, Bhartrhari, Uma-svati, Sankara and others.

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ASIA 468: Approaches to the Study of Asian Religions*

The Western genealogy and problematics of religion, issues in its application to non-Western cultures and traditions, and the practical study of Asian religions, in Asia and its diasporas.

*Satisfies Faculty of Arts research requirement.

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ASIA 511B: Readings in Chinese Religious Texts (graduate seminar)

Selected readings from primary texts in Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism, and popular religion.

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