This course is being co-taught by Diana Clark.
This course will study analyze the early sources on the Buddha’s life. We will investigate how these sources contribute to our understanding of the Buddha as a person, a teacher, and as an idealized founder of Buddhism. We will look at historical developments in how the Buddha and his life story were portrayed and used in Theravada Buddhist religious life. The class will survey the changing ways that the Buddha was depicted, including a study of modern Western biographies and role in the religious life of Western Buddhists.
Lecture. Evaluation method: one 2-3 page analytical paper, a 10 page mid-term analytical essay, and a 15-20page final research paper.
Auditors with Faculty Permission.