Buddha's Revolution: Exploring the Ideas and Practices of Buddhism

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The Buddha's Revolution
Fall 2024
Taught By: Christopher Kelley
Section: A

CRN: 15668

Credits: 4

In the sixth century BCE (what Karl Jaspers dubbed the "Axial Age"), Gautama Buddha led a countercultural revolution that successfully challenged the dominant religious authority in ancient India and altered the direction of global history. In this course we examine the dangerous ideas and practices that defined Buddha’s revolution and the Indian counterculture—the Śramaṇa, or “Misfit Seeker” spiritual movement. We also consider the impact Buddha’s revolution had on fomenting and facilitating the American counterculture and the rise of American Buddhism amidst what may be a new Axial Age. Our study considers the lives and works of cultural nonconformists such as Henry David Thoreau, John Cage, Timothy Leary and Anne Waldman.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Liberal Arts (LIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:26pm EDT 4/19/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/15/2024