ANT6110 Anthropology of Religion: Buddhism

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Samuel Dira

Course Description:

Investigation of the historical development and core principles of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Students will analyze Buddhist scriptures and the thought of prominent thinkers such as Siddhartha Gautama, Nagarjuna, Padmasambhava and Tsongkhapa. The course will also examine Buddhism by placing it in dialogue with Christian thought.

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.