RB303 - Buddhism in the West

An introduction to the history and present state of Buddhism in the West. Major thrust of this course will be the reception of Buddhism by Western philosophers and intellectual from the 19th century, the evolution of schools of Buddhist studies, the establishment and work of Buddhist Societies in Europe and America, and the arrival, growth and present day practice of various Buddhist groups, both 'ethnic' and 'western' since the 1960's.