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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2005

ANS 340 • History of Buddhism

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29130 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
UTC 3.110

Course Description

This course examines the history of Buddhism by tracing the development of its various schools, doctines, and religious practices in Asia and beyond. We will explore the historical background against which it arose in India, and study the life of the Buddha, the early teachings, and the structure of the Buddhist community of monastics and laypeople. We will examine the growth of Buddhism in India, the development of Theravada Buddhism and its spread into Southeast Asia. The emergence of Mahayana Buddhism in India and its spread into Central Asia and East Asia will be covered as well as the development of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet. We will then examine the 19th century movement of Buddhist modernism in Sri Lanka and its relations to the Western world. This will be the basis for eventaully exploring the various ways Buddhism came to Europe and America and examining the new forms and ideas it developed here.


H. Bechert/R. Gombrich, The World of Buddhism J. Strong, The Experience of Buddhism C.S. Prebish/D. Keown, Buddhism - The eBook


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