BH201 - Early Buddhism: Historical Background

The course is designed as a critical study of the religious and intellectual background against which Buddhism emerged in the 6th century B.C. in India. Attention will be focused on the evolution of Vedic thought, the philosophy of the Upanisads, and the religio-philosophical systems that arose within the Samana movement. The purpose of the course is to understand doctrines of Early Buddhism from a broad historical perspective.