Spring 2024

Introduction to Buddhist Traditions

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


Joie Chen (Section 01)


(Offered as RELI 152 and ASLC 152) 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.

Spring Semester. Professor M. Heim.

How to handle overenrollment:

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Students will read and analyze primary texts in translation as well as previous scholarship; think about forms of evidence for historical understanding, and methodological practices of interpretation; study literature and philosophy; engage in seminar discussion and the exchange of ideas; and write informally and formally.

ASLC 152 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CHAP 210
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CHAP 210


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2022, Spring 2023