Many Buddhisms

This course will be held via Zoom.

Dr. Anne Mocko, Associate Professor of Religion Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

5 Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30pm

September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18

This course examines Buddhism as a cultural and devotional phenomenon, embedded in the varying histories and geographies of Asia. We will start with a brief overview of Buddhist history and core insights, and then examine several different forms of Buddhism, drawing material from Theravada contexts (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia), Mahayana contexts (China, Korea, Japan), and high-mountain contexts (Tibet, Nepal). The course will present a range of visual and video material to help students gain an appreciation of the cultural aesthetics of different forms of Buddhism.

Dr. Anne Mockois Associate Professor of Religion at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.  She obtained her BA from The College of William & Mary, and her MA and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. Her teaching experience includes courses in various religions:  India, East Asia, Postcolonial World, Christianity and Religious Diversity, and Anthropology of Religion.  

She is a frequent speaker in the University of Chicago’s Craft of Teaching program where she shares her teaching expertise. She is the recipient of major fellowships and grants, notably, ‘Sacred Writes Fellowship for Public Scholarship on Religion;’ ‘Enhancing Life Project research grant’ from the Templeton Foundation; Border Crossings Project teaching fellowship from the  Lilly Foundation; and the University of Chicago fellowships for dissertation and writing.

Dr. Mocko has published widely including a book, Demoting Vishnu: Ritual, Politics, and the Unraveling of Nepal’s Hindu Monarchy, published in 2016 by Oxford University Press; and two books in progress: Eco-Karma: Environmentalist lessons from India’s Jains and Mismanaged Massacre: The 2001 shooting of Nepal’s royal family as an institutional crisis.  Other publications include journal articles, book chapters, and internet writing.

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