REL2250 Intro to Buddhist Thought
Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. George Terry
Overview of the Buddhist religious tradition, covering the life of the Buddha, the origins of Buddhism in India, the development of major doctrines and institutions, the nature and practice of meditation, the traditions growth and spread throughout Asia, as well as contemporary expressions of Buddhism
How This Course Benefits Students:
When engaging individuals from a Buddhist culture, missional leaders need to understand the key historical, religious and sociological factors that gave rise to Buddhism, its fundamental teachings, the role of meditation in Buddhism, and the significant worldview and doctrinal differences between Buddhism and Christianity.
Why This Course Is Important:
This course provides a foundation in the religious tradition, history, and basic doctrines of Buddhism. Students will be prepared to engage Buddhists and Buddhist communities with an understanding of the fundamental teachings and worldview.