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Focus Areas
 Asian Connection
Spread of Buddhism
 Buddhist Archaeology and Art
South and East Asian religious Traditions
Interaction of Religious Traditions
Theory and Methods of Religious Studies

The School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions is being launched in the Academic Year 2016-17.

This School will give special emphasis to the study of Buddhist ideas and values in relation to other philosophical and religious traditions. The wider social-historical-cultural contexts of the development of Buddhist traditions will be examined through an innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum.

The School shall foster critical thinking and explore the wider cultural and historical context of Buddhism in individual regions of Asia. The dynamics of the spread of Buddhist ideas, art, literature; archaeology of key Buddhist sites across Asia; the study of primary texts, inscriptions, and art forms; the comparison of and interactions between various religious and philosophical traditions of Asia; and the theory and methods of the study of religious and philosophical traditions will be some of the focus areas of the School. The modern manifestations of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance could also be areas examined at the school.

The skills imparted to students will extend from rigorous reading of literary and philosophical texts to archeological training. Students should be able to pursue interdisciplinary research and are encouraged to take some of their courses in other relevant schools of the University.

MA Programme: Students will be required to complete a course work of 48 credits (12 credits per semester) and submit a thesis towards the fulfillment of a Master’s degree. Six of these course credits shall be for thesis-specific courses taken with the student’s primary advisor. All students shall be required to take a survey course during the first semester of coursework; and a methodology course during their third semester. The MA thesis has to be approved by an appropriate faculty committee.

The School will also have a strong language component for faculty and students, in at least, one of the Classical Buddhist languages (Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Tibetan) or another source language (e.g. Prakrit for Jainism, Japanese or Korean for Japanese or Korean Buddhism). This will enable students to read original Buddhist and other religious texts and develop the skills necessary to do qualified Post Graduate research work.

MA students are therefore required to have reading knowledge of at least one classical language, such as Sanskrit, Pali, classical Chinese, or Tibetan. Ph.D. students must have advanced knowledge of the relevant classical language and should employ it the writing of dissertation.

The School gives special emphasis to the study of Buddhist ideas and values and their historical development in relation to other philosophical and religious traditions.


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