Buddhism is alternately described as a religion, a philosophy, and a culture. All of which are accurate descriptions. But tremendous confusion exists in the West about the beliefs and the logic of Buddhism. Part of the confusion arises as a result of Buddhism’s radical differences from more familiar monotheisms, and additional confusion stems from spooky New-Age popularizations of Buddhism. In this seminar, participants will move through three steps. First, seminar participants will explore the fundamental core ideas of Buddhism, then consider the promising relationship between Buddhism and science, and finally reflect on recent socio-political events (i.e., Buddhism in the global village).
Seminar led by Stephen Asma, Columbia College