Buddhism and Film

  • Professor(s): David Gray
  • When: 2011
  • Where: Santa Clara University / RSOC 87
  • Source
  • This course, which fulfills the RTC 2 requirement for the core curriculum, will explore the contemporary portrayal of Buddhism in global cinema. Through careful viewing, discussion, and analysis of a series of ten films that focus upon the Buddhist religion, we will seek to better understand the roles played by Buddhism in the contemporary imagination, and its status in a rapidly changing, globalized world. We will engage in this study employing the methodologies of the fields of religious studies and film studies. That is, students will be expected to gain a basic understanding of key Buddhist teachings and practices, and also to demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the films that we will view

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