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FALL 2015 Courses

BUX 120 The Study of Buddhism
Constance Kassor
M 7 - 9 pm, meets second half of semester

This course introduces students to the academic study of Buddhism through readings, lectures by Smith faculty and guests, and trips to local Buddhist centers. We will critically examine the history of Buddhist studies within the context of numerous disciplines, including anthropology, art, cultural studies, gender studies, government, literature, philosophy, and religion, with a focus on regional, sectarian, and historical differences. Materials to be considered include poetry, painting, philosophy, political tracts, and more. Graded S/U only. (E) 1 credit

BUX 253j Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics
Meets in J-term, but application deadlines fall mid-October
Constance Kassor

This intensive course is taught at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India as part of the Hampshire/Five College in India program. Students take daily classes, taught by eminent Tibetan scholars, in Buddhist philosophy, Indo-Tibetan hermeneutics and Tibetan history and culture, and they attend regular discussion sessions as well as incidental lectures on topics including Tibetan art history and iconography, Tibetan astrology and medicine and Tibetan politics. Students also visit important Buddhist historical sites and explore Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Each student is paired with a Tibetan student "buddy" to get an inside view of Tibetan culture. Enrollment limited to 15, and requires application and acceptance by the H/5CIP. Pay attention to calls for early application. Deadlines fall mid-October. No prerequisites. {H}{M}{S} 3 credits

REL 266 Colloquium in Buddhist Studies
Topic: Buddhism in America
Constance Kassor
MW 2:40 - 4 pm

This course traces the development of Buddhist thought and practice in America, and considers what it means to be Buddhist (or to practice Buddhism) in the United States. Topics to be considered include: socially engaged Buddhism, the secularization of meditation, Buddhist practice in prisons, and science and Buddhism. Film screenings and site visits to local Buddhist organizations are required outside of regular class meetings. {H} 4 credits

REL 275 Religious History of South Asia: Ancient to Medieval
Andy Rotman
MW 1:10 - 2:30 PM

This course is an introduction to the literature, thought, and practice of religious traditions in India, from ancient times to the classical period. Readings will include materials from the Vedas, Upanishads, and epics, from plays and poetry, as well as Buddhist and Jain literature. Particular consideration will be given to the themes of dharma, karma, love, and liberation. {H} 4 credits

Five College Courses Fall 2015

There are also many Buddhism-related courses offered throughout the Five Colleges. You can use the Five College Course Guide to find courses in Buddhism.

Amherst College
ASLC Buddhist Traditions
(M. Heim) TTh 10-11:20 am

Hampshire College
HACU 0182 The Buddha's Buddhism
WF 1-2:20 pm
HACU 0223 Chinese Buddhist Philosophy
F 9-11:50 am

Mount Holyoke College

RELIG 163 Introduction to Buddhism
(S. Mrozik) TTh 2:40-3:55 pm

UMass Amherst
JAPANESE 197G
Buddhist Cultures in the World
(R. Sono) MW 2:30-3:45 pm

Graduate Study

Many students from Smith College have continued their study of Buddhism in graduate school. You could be next. See this online guide to graduate programs in Buddhist studies that was compiled by H-Buddhism.