REL 41.02 Buddhism and Film
Film is a powerful medium for expressing religious ideals and sentiments, but often produces stereotypes and misconceptions based on cultural presuppositions. This course will explore the ways in which films in Asia and the West have presented Buddhist religion, philosophy, practices, saints, and institutions. Readings will provide an introductory survey of central topics in Buddhism, but students will also learn to critically assess the films assigned weekly as multi-layer texts composed of sights and sounds.
Distributive and/or World Culture