Religion 261 - Buddhism, Race and Justice

Buddhism, Race & Justice

William Edelglass

TU 1:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Smith College
Seelye 107
BUS 261-01, REL 261-01
Offered as REL 261 and BUS 261. What can Buddhist texts and practices teach about analyzing and responding to contemporary forms of injustice, such as oppression based on race, caste, class, gender and sexuality? And how might responding to these forms of injustice lead to a reformulation of Buddhism? Drawing on classical and contemporary texts, this course addresses Buddhist contributions to the analysis of injustice and the practice of making social change. Working collaboratively, students explore the ethics of attention; the body, identity and identity politics; the place of anger in response to injustice; the phenomenology of marginalization and liberation; and the practice of violence and non-violence.​ (E)
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.