Spring 2021

Theravada Buddhism

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-253  |  Religion, as RELI-253

Formerly listed as: ASLC-69  |  RELI-26

Faculty

Maria R. Heim (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as RELI 253 and ASLC 253) This course introduces the history and civilization of Theravada Buddhism. The Theravada (the “Doctrine of the Elders”) is the dominant form of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma); in recent decades it has also found a following in other regions in Asia and the west. We will trace the Theravada’s origins as one of the earliest sectarian movements in India to its success and prestige as a religious civilization bridging South and Southeast Asia. We will also consider this tradition’s encounter with modernity and its various adaptations and responses to challenges in the contemporary world. No previous background in Buddhism is required.

Classes will meet in person on campus.  Remote students will either attend class sessions by videochat or will have access to audio recordings of class meetings.  All students, local and remote, will have access to pre-recorded video content.  Local and remote students may be asked to prepare brief presentations on assigned readings to be delivered either in person or by prerecorded video.

Spring semester. Professor M. Heim.

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English

Offerings

2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2016