[F&ES 879b/REL 817b/RLST 872b] / 2013-2014

World Religions and Ecology: Asian Religions 

Credits: 3

Spring 2014: Time and location TBA


This course explores the various ways in which religious ideas and practices have contributed to cultural attitudes and human interactions with nature. Examples are selected from Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. The course examines such topics as symbols, images, and metaphors of nature in canonical texts; views of the divine as transcendent to the world; the indwelling of the sacred in the earth; the ethics of using and valuing nature; ritual practices that link humans to the natural world; and cosmology as orienting humans to the world and embedding them in place.