REL4651 Buddhism in Western Cultural Contexts
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. George Terry
Survey of the transformation of Buddhism as it has moved from her traditional Asian homeland into European and North American contexts. Students will study the encounter of Buddhism with Western philosophy, theism, and culture, all of which have shaped the rise and expression of Buddhism in the West.
How This Course Benefits Students:
The Western context shaped the expression of Buddhism as it expanded into Europe and North America. To develop effective approaches to Western Buddhists, students need not only the core teachings of Buddhism, but also an understanding of the Western variations and adaptations.