Sacred Mountains in Buddhist Asia|
Spring 2014 not offered
By approaching Buddhism "on the ground" through a close study of key sacred mountains, students in this course will come to an understanding of various Buddhist practices and their philosophical, cosmological, and soteriological frameworks. Monks, hermits, and lay practitioners alike acknowledge the transformative power of sacred mountains; nevertheless, their methods of and motivations for encountering these mountains can be quite divergent.
This course begins with an introduction to geographical approaches to the study of religion that we will then employ throughout the semester to analyze and compare the conceptions of sacred space found across Buddhist Asia. Through case studies of mountain-based Buddhist traditions in India, Tibet, Mongolia, China, and Japan, we will investigate themes such as identity, ritual, pilgrimage, asceticism, religious experience, cosmology, and material culture.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Hargett, James, STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Knott, Kim, THE LOCATION OF RELIGION
|Examinations and Assignments: |
5 short response papers
1 final paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion major.
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