NEH - Buddhist Asia: Traditions, Transmissions and Transformations


Institute Dates:  May 25 - June 26, 2015

Application Deadline:  March 2, 2015

Location:  East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Project Director:  Peter Hershock (East-West Center)


Buddhist Asia: Traditions, Transmissions and Transformations will introduce undergraduate educators to Buddhism as a religion that has both shaped and been shaped by cultures and societies throughout Asia for more than twenty-five hundred years. The program will explore how Buddhism spread as a “total care system” that addressed both personal and social needs in ways that were inseparable from the dynamics of cultural interaction, artistic production, trade and politics. Through context-rich engagement with key traditions, practices, and primary texts (in translation), the institute will enable participants to appreciate how Buddhism served as a powerful cultural bridge in Asia, comparable to Christianity in the West, and to develop curricular materials applicable in a wide range of humanities courses, including courses in religion, philosophy, history, art history and literature, but also courses organized around such themes as globalization and cultural pluralism. 

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