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FALL 2014 Courses

BUX 120 The Study of Buddhism
Constance Kassor
MW 7-9 pm
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. This course meet during the second half of the semester only. Graded S/U only. (E) 1 credit

ARH 222: The Art of China
Marylin Rhie
MWF 1:10-2:30 pm
The art of China and peripheral regions as expressed in painting, sculpture, architecture, porcelain and the ritual bronzes. The influence of India is studied in connection with the spread of Buddhism along the trade routes of Central Asia. {H/A} 4 credits

EAS 270: Colloquium in East Asian Studies
Topic: Art of Korea
Marylin Rhie
TTh 1-2:50 pm
Architecture, sculpture, painting and ceramic art of Korea from Neolithic times to the 18th century. {A/H} 4 credits

REL 110 Colloquium: Politics of Enlightenment
Jamie Hubbard
MW 2:40-4 pm
Doctrinal and thematic survey of Buddhist attitudes to the religious person in a social, political world; overview of doctrinal statements and focus on issues such as women in Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism in exile, the monks’ war in Vietnam, and Western Buddhism.{H} 4 credits

Five College Courses Fall 2014

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 152/RELI 152 Buddhist Traditions
(M. Heim) TTh 8:30 - 9:50 am
ASLC 260/ARHA 261 Buddhist Art of Asia
(S. Morse) MWF 10 - 10:50 am

Hampshire College
CSI 277 Engaged Buddhism
(S. Darlington) MW 1 - 2:20 pm
HACU 198 Asian Religious Traditions
(C. Kassor) MW 1 - 2:20 pm
HACU 297 Yoga
(A. Hodder) MW 10:30 - 11:50 am

Mount Holyoke College

RELIG 329 Buddhism in North America
(S. Mrozik) T 1:15 - 4:05 pm

UMass Amherst
JAPANESE 197C
ST-Intro to Japanese Religions
(R. Sono) MW 12:20 -1:10 pm, F 11:15 am -12:05 pm or 12:20 - 1:10 pm

Interterm Course 2015

BUX 253J Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics
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

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.