Religions of the East

Discipline: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Instructor: Jenkins
Credits: 3

Field Work: Religions of the East
Prerequisites: None

In this course, the exploration of images, temples, myth, poetry, meditation, devotion, and philosophy are woven together in a multidimensional approach to the exquisite spiritual traditions of Asia. From the aesthetics of Japanese Zendos to the thunderous Hindu temple towers of South India we will empower your ability to read and interpret the “visual scriptures” and cultural phenomena that you encounter from Hawaii to Mauritius. You will learn about the genesis of Hinduism and Buddhism in India and their transformations and expressions in China, Japan, Hawaii, Mauritius, and Southeast Asia. The course gives attention to mysticism, devotion, and philosophy, and offers general knowledge of five major worldviews: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto, and Confucianism. We begin by asking who we are as observers and interpreters and questioning the history of our culture’s encounters and conceptions of Asia. The goals of the course are to acquire basic cultural and historical knowledge, philosophical understanding of Asian worldviews, and critical skills for engaging alternate cultural realities.

Field Work