Introduction to Buddhism Part 2 explores the expansive spread of Buddhism into Tibet, East Asia and the West. Attention will be given to the development of Mahayana thought, particularly the Bodhisattva ideal and its diverse cultural expressions. Concepts such as impermanence and co-dependent origination will be covered by reading masters like Nagarjuna and Shantideva. Contemporary practices and Buddhism’s spread to America will also be discussed. Textual excerpts from various Mahayana Buddhist texts will contextualize interactive class discussions.