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RELI0472

Buddhist/Christian Monasticism

“The Religious Life”: Buddhist and Christian Monastic Traditions Compared AT WT*
Both Buddhism and Christianity include traditions of monasticism, of men and women leaving home for “the religious life.” In this course, we will study and compare Buddhist and Christian monasticism from historical and religious perspectives. We will read primary sources, from the Life of St. Anthony and the Rule of St. Benedict to the verses attributed to the first Buddhist nuns and a Zen monastic code. We will examine monastic vocation, the integration of monasteries into society, and the adaptation of monasticism to different cultures. Throughout, we will highlight the role of gender. We will conclude with attention to contemporary manifestations of monastic culture. This course is equivalent to HIST 0472 and INTL 0472. 3 hr sem.
Subject:
Religion
Department:
Religion
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP HIS PHL
Equivalent Courses:
HIST0472
INTL0472 *

Sections

Spring 2012

RELI0472A-S12 Seminar (Burnham, Morrison)

Spring 2009

RELI0472A-S09 Seminar (Burnham, Morrison)