These materials are designed to serve as background materials on what Buddhism is, how it developed and spread, and how Buddhist traditions differ. The reading has been adapted from Chapter 11 of Asian Philosophies, Fourth Edition, by John M. Koller ( Upper Saddle River , N.J. : Prentice Hall, 2002.)
Instructors and students can use these materials as background reading for courses on Buddhism, Asian Religions, Asian History, Asian Civilization, and Asian Literature featuring Buddhist themes, among others.
The reading also provides useful background and supplementary information for the following ExEAS teaching units:
Additional Online Resources
Buddhism Digital Library & Museum, a joint project of National Taiwan University and Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies (Taiwan)
Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library, edited by T. Matthew Ciolek ( The Australian National University), Joe Bransford Wilson (U. of North Carolina at Wilmington) and Jerome Ducor (Ethnographic Museum, Geneva).
Digital Dictionary of Buddhism by Charles Muller (Toyo Gakuen University)
Korean Buddhism Resources by Charles Muller (Toyo Gakuen University)
“The Origins of Buddhism,” by Lise F. Vail featured on the Asia Society's Ask Asia website
A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization, by Patricia Buckley Ebrey (University of Washington)
Batchelor, Stephen. The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture . Berkeley , CA : Parallax Press, 1994.
Buswell Jr, Robert Evans. The Korean Approaches to Zen: The Collected Works of Chinul. Honolulu : University of Hawaii , 1983.
Ch'en, Kenneth. Buddhism in China . Princeton , NJ : Princeton University Press, 1964.
De Bary, William Theodore et al.:
Gombrich, Richard F. Theravada Buddhism: A Social History From Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo . London and New York : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1988.
Hershock, Peter D. Chan Buddhism . Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, 2005.
Hirakawa Akira. A History of Indian Buddhism From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
Kalupahana, David J. A History of Buddhist Philosophy. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 1992.
Koller, John M. Asian Philosophies. 4 th Edition. Upper Saddle River , N.J. : Prentice Hall, 2002.
McRae, John R. Seeing Through Zen: Encounter, Transformation, and Genealogy in Chinese Chan Buddhism. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2003.
Powers, John. A Concise Encyclopedia of Buddhism . Oxford : Oneworld Publications, 2000.
Skilton, Andrew. A Concise History of Buddhism. 2 nd Edition. Birmingham , England : Windhorse Publications: 1997.
The History and Culture of Buddhism in Korea . E dited by the Korean Buddhist Research Institute (Chae, Taeg-su). Seoul : Dongguk University Press, 1993.
Williams, Paul. Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations. London and New York : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1989.