November 5, 2020 @ 6:00 PM PST
The centuries following the Buddha’s death around 486 BCE saw a proliferation of schools that expanded his teachings about the cause of suffering and the way to emancipation, or enlightenment, into a weighty canon of doctrinal embellishment and exegesis. The purpose of this course is to provide a general overview of basic Buddhist philosophy and practice within a historical, sociological, and philosophical framework within the evolution of Buddhism from inception, to the later schools including the Mahayana.
This course will further discuss the implications of the development of Buddhist philosophy across northern and southeast Asia. Information gathered from this course will provide useful information toward understanding Buddhist concepts and terms. It is not the purpose of this course to “convert” anyone to Buddhism nor engage in the discussion of, or provide a forum to debate personal religious perspectives or values. Further, it is not the purpose of this course to discuss the comparative merits of eastern and western religious traditions.