Introduction to Buddhism – Part 1 – Roots, Origins & Life of the Buddha
Introduction to Buddhism Part 1 explores the origin, philosophy and broader cultural milieu of early Buddhism as it developed in India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Specific attention will be given to the life of the Buddha and the lived embodiment of core Buddhist principles such as non-self, mindfulness, and nirvana. Concepts like the Four Nobel Truths, the Eight-fold Path, karma and dharma will be discussed in a comparative manner. Textual excerpts from Buddhist sutra literature in Pali will contextualize interactive class discussions.