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Buddhist Cosmology and Rebirth

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Concepts of reincarnation - rebirth as a god, human, animal, hungry ghost, or hell being -have been central to Buddhism. How have Buddhists imagined the afterlife? Are men and women treated differently? What does cosmology imply about vegetarianism and animal welfare? Is Buddhism possible without belief in the otherworld? This course surveys the Buddhist otherworld across history, from ancient to modern, Asia to the West. Sources include paintings of heaven and hell, philosophical tracts, meditation manuals, tales of the Buddha's past lives, ghost stories, anime, Buddhist theme parks, and modern ethical debates.
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Section C01

  • Type: Class
  • Section: C01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 9
  • Capacity: 30
  • Class Number: 22234
  • Schedule: MW 01:30 PM-02:50 PM