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Embodying Nirvana

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Historical Central Eurasia

When beings become Buddhas, what happens? What does it mean to be a Buddha? What is lost in attaining awakening, and what is gained? How is nirvana embodied? The nature of the end point of the Buddhist path as attainable and attained by sentient beings has long been an object of controversy among Buddhists.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/richard-nance
Course Code: 
R552
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Introduction to Buddhism

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Historical Central Eurasia

This course is intended to serve as an introduction to Buddhism, broadly conceived. We will survey the development of Buddhist thought and practice, from its origins in India to its subsequent expansions into other parts of the world. The course has two main aims: to familiarize you with basic Buddhist ideas and practices as these have taken shape in various historical and cultural settings, and to invite you to think critically and carefully about these ideas and practices and what they imply for those who espouse and engage in them.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/richard-nance
Course Code: 
B210
When Taught: 
Fall 2013
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