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.
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.
Knowledge of the basic nature of the Buddhist belief system helps missionaries to be able to: scrutinize belief systems
This course places the Bible and Christian thought in dialogue while examining the history and core principles of Buddhism.
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.
This course examines Buddhism and its historical development as it applies to contexts of the people from diverse social class and caste systems.
The course teaches Buddhism from the perspectives of diverse cultures of East Asia and beyond.
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.
The course will provide learners with techniques of applying their knowledge into practice and develop experience.