Examination of philosophy, religion, and belief systems of Eastern cultures, past and present. Students study the various traditional “systems of thought” from India, China, Tibet and Japan. Cross-listed as RELI 202. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement. G.E.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall and Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Many good texts are available, such as the following:
A Sourcebook in Asian Philosophy
By Koller, John, & Patricia Koller ( Prentice Hall) Recommended
(Suny Press) Recommended
The Principal Upanishads
(Harper and Row) Recommended
The Rig Veda
(Penguin Books) Recommended
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Tao Te Ching
By Lao Tzu Recommended
What Is Buddha Taught
By Rahula, Walpola (Grove Press) Recommended
Buddhist Texts through the Ages
By Conze, Edward (Harper and Row) Recommended
By Suzuki, D.T. (Doubleday) Recommended
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
To understand Eastern philosophies and religions.
Identify the various philosophies of religions of East Asia noting similarities and differences.
Describe and analyze the main ideas and structures of these religions and philosophies.
Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of these religions and philosophies.
Compare East Asian thought to Western philosophies and religions, noting similarities and differences.
Critically analyze these systems of ideas and religions.
Demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking by means of exams, research projects, essays and discussions.
Vedic Indian religion
Buddhism - Theravada
Gandhi and Ramakrishna
Taoism in China
Zen Buddhism, China and Japan
Eastern religions and philosophies
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.