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Sacred Mountains in Buddhist Asia
RELI 480
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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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