ANT4110 Survey of Anthropology of Religion: Buddhism

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Samuel Dira

Course Description:

Survey of the historical development and underlying core principles of Buddhism. The focus will be given to diversity in the thought, practice, and life of both laity and clergy in a cross-cultural perspective; rites of passage and rites of intensification; sacred places and pilgrimages, and temple and forest monks.

How This Course Benefits Students:

For bachelors students, the course will increase students’ knowledge of one of the world’s known religions, Buddhist, its traditions and belief systems. For masters students, it will provide a framework of analysis of Buddhism. In both cases, the course prepares learners for the ministry opportunities among the peoples of Buddhist backgrounds.

Why This Course Is Important:

Knowledge of the basic nature of the Buddhist belief system helps missionaries to be able to: scrutinize belief systems; identify the core principles of Buddhism; and be able to provide evidence-based answers to the questions people might have about the gospel. It also gives learners an opportunity to approach people of different religious backgrounds and opens doors for the mission of God.