In this comprehensive introduction we will survey the history, core ideas and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Because all of the traditions discussed in this course are highly philosophical in nature, the course will appeal strongly to students interested in philosophy (particularly ethics, metaphysics and the philosophy of mind). Students interested in psychology will also find many dominant themes in the course of great interest, as particularly Buddhism has a refined outlook on psychological issues (for this reason, Buddhist ideas and techniques are increasingly used in therapy nowadays). Apart from theoretical knowledge, students will also gain experience of the practical dimension of both Hinduism and Buddhism, as the course will contain workshops on both Yoga and Meditation. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be very much on how you can apply the ideas and practices of these traditions to your own life.
Course outline AH 266 c.pdfCourse outline AH 266 c.pdf