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SPRING 2015 Courses

HST 219 (C) Race, Religion and Nation in Modern East Asia, 1500-Present
TTh 1-2:50 PM
Garrett Washington

As their nations struggled to find their places in a new world order dominated by the West, East Asians saw the variety, visibility and impacts of religion explode in their everyday lives. From European Jesuits in China to American Protestants in Japan to Japanese Buddhists in Korea to the place of religion in racial and national identity formation and state building, religion has been a powerful factor in modern East Asia over the past five centuries. To understand these developments, we read from a broad range of sources that illustrate East Asian religious heterogeneity and its intellectual, sociocultural and political repercussions. (E) {H} Credits: 4

REL 260 Buddhist Thought
MW 1:10-2:30 PM
Constance Kassor

Enduring patterns of Buddhist thought concerning the interpretations of self, world, nature, good and evil, love, wisdom, time and enlightenment as revealed through major primary texts, contemporary writings and films. Enrollment limited to 35. {H} Credits: 4 

REL 269 Buddhism Along the Silk Road 
M 7-9 PM
Richard Taupier

This course will trace early Buddhism on the Indian subcontinent and its evolution through Central Asia along the Silk Road. We will consider the emergence of the Mahayana (Great Vehicle) and Vajrayana (Diamond Vehicle) Buddhist traditions and their development as they moved into Central and East Asian territories. We will examine Buddhism among the Chinese Northern Wei, Tang and Yuan dynasties, among the Turkic Uighurs and the ethnic Tibetan Tanguts, and finally the eastern and western Mongols and subgroups who practiced Buddhism within the Russian Empire. (E) {H} Credits: 2 

REL 278 Religion in the Himalayas: Coexistence, Conflict and Change
MW 9-10:20 AM 
Constance Kassor

This course examines the religious life of the Himalayan regions of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, paying particular attention to issues surrounding the construction of religious identity. Through text, film and art, we explore practices in Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and local traditions, and investigate the ways in which these practices negotiate political change and modernization. Topics include gender (in)equality in religious institutions and practices, insider/outsider representations of communities, and the intersection of religion and politics. (E) {H} Credits: 4 

REL 304 Happiness: Buddhist and Psychological Understandings of Personal Well-Being
Th 3-4:50 PM 
Jamie Hubbard, Philip Peake

Same as PSY 304. What is happiness? What is personal well-being? How are they achieved? This course examines the core ideas of the Buddhist science of mind and how they are being studied and employed by psychologists, neuroscientists, cognitive scientists and psychotherapists. The focus of the course is the notion of “happiness,” its cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary definition as well as the techniques advocated for its achievement by both the Buddhist and the psychologist. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or REL 105; or one course in Buddhist traditions; or permission of an instructor. {N}{S}Credits: 4 

Five College Courses Spring 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
ARHA 266 Sacred Images and Space
(S. Morse) MWF 10-10:50 am
ARHA 361 Arts of Korea
(S. Morse) M 2-4:30 pm
ASLC 144 Religion of Ancient India
(M. Heim) TTh 10-11:20 am
ASLC 352 Buddhist Ethics
(M. Heim) TTh 1-2:20 pm

Hampshire College
CSI 0143 Buddhism and Society in Asia
(S. Darlington) TTh 2-3:20 pm
HACU 0232 Buddhist Wisdom Literature
(D. Aitken) T 6-9 pm

Mount Holyoke College

RELIG 241 Women in Buddhism
(S. Mrozik) MW 1:15-2:30 pm

UMass Amherst
WOMENSST 395B
Feminism, Buddhist Thought and Contemplative Pedagogy (M. Kang) MW 4-5:15 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.