REL3151 History of Buddhism: India & Tibet

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. George Terry

Course Description:

Survey of the historical development of Buddhism from its inception in India to its assimilation into Tibetan culture. Students will study the historical and sociological factors that gave rise to the core tenets and practices represented in Buddhisms three major schools of religious thought: Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Theravada.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Missional leaders who are immersed in Buddhist communities or cultural contexts need a foundation in the historical events, key figures, religious and sociological factors that gave rise to Buddhism in India, and an understanding of how and why Buddhism was assimilated and adapted in Tibet. In addition, they need to recognize and understand the three major schools of Buddhist thought.

Why This Course Is Important:

The worldview and religious practices of today’s Buddhists cannot be understood without a foundation in Buddhism’s origins and development of its major schools of thought. To engage Buddhists in missional dialogue, students need an overview of Buddhism’s roots in India and Tibet.