ANT4110EN - Survey of Anthropology of Religion: Buddhism

Course description

Survey of the historical development and underlying core principles of Buddhism. The focus will be given to diversity in the thought, practice, and life of both laity and clergy in a cross-cultural perspective; rites of passage and rites of intensification; sacred places and pilgrimages, and temple and forest monks.

How this course benefits students

For bachelor’s students, the course will increase students' knowledge of one of the world's known religions, Buddhist, its traditions and belief systems. For master’s students, it will provide a framework of analysis of Buddhism. In both cases, the course prepares learners for the ministry opportunities among the peoples of Buddhist backgrounds.

Why this course is important

Knowledge of the basic nature of the Buddhist belief system helps missionaries to be able to: scrutinize belief systems

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Samuel Jilo Dira, Professor of Cultural Anthropology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course places the Bible and Christian thought in dialogue while examining the history and core principles of Buddhism.

Missionally driven

The course educates missional leaders about the core principles, diversity, and similarity of Buddhism to build their capacity to minister people in the Buddhist tradition.

Contextually informed

This course examines Buddhism and its historical development as it applies to contexts of the people from diverse social class and caste systems.

Interculturally focused

The course teaches Buddhism from the perspectives of diverse cultures of East Asia and beyond.

Practically minded

The course considers case studies about various practices of the Buddhist religion. Students will also learn how to convert their knowledge into practice, and communicate the message of the Gospel to the peoples in the Buddhist belief system.

Experientially transformed

The course will provide learners with techniques of applying their knowledge into practice and develop experience.