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TELOS - Buddhism: Its History and Literature


We will first examine the basic ideas, assumptions, and practices of the Buddhist tradition in its original home in India; then we will trace out the spread of Buddhism into China and Japan. Buddhism, like all religions, evolved to meet new needs as conditions changed; this is true in India, where it was in competition with Hinduism, as well as in the new lands and cultures it later penetrated. It has also shown extraordinary flexibility in its interaction with the traditions and cultures of East Asia. Topics will include: Theravada, Mahayana, Pure Land, Zen, the bodhisattva, and meditation. Literature will include both classical texts and folktales. Some documents for reading will be distributed and discussion will be encouraged. Dr. Alan Miller is Professor of Religion (Emeritus), Miami University of Ohio.

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