Fall 2015

Introduction to Buddhist Traditions

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-152  |  Religion, as RELI-152

Formerly listed as: ASLC-15  |  RELI-23


Maria R. Heim (Section 01)


(Offered as RELI 152 and ASLC 152 [SA].) This course is an introduction to the diverse ideals, practices, and traditions of Buddhism from its origins in South Asia to its geographical and historical diffusion throughout Asia and, more recently, into the west. We will explore the Three Jewels--the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha--and how they each provide refuge for those suffering in samsara (the endless cycle of rebirth). We will engage in close readings of the literary and philosophical texts central to Buddhism, as well as recent historical and anthropological studies of Buddhist traditions.

Fall semester. Professor M. Heim.

RELI 152 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM FAYE 117
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM FAYE 117

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Foundations of Buddhism Gethin TBD
In the Buddha's Words Bodhi TBD
Essence of the Heart Sutra The Dalai Lama TBD
Nirvana for Sale? Buddhism, Wealth, and the Dhammakaya Temple in Contemporary Thailand Rachelle Scott TBD


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2022