Course content varies.
Gain critical perspectives on: historical and institutional status of the laity in Buddhism and their historical changes and regional variations throughout Asia; doctrinal premises that informed the Buddhist teachings for the laity; the role of gender and the issue of women's status in Buddhism; cultural and social factors contributing to the development of regional forms of lay Buddhism, especially in East Asia.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course will run as a seminar.
Some basic familiarity with the history and doctrine of Buddhism.
Class assignments and grading
Readings (course packet); 3 review essays on select assigned readings; a paper of 15 page in length on a topic relevant to the course coverage.
Participation: 20%; 3 review essays: 30%; long paper: 50%