Journey back 3,500 years to discover how the Seven Religions of the East arose and developed over time in response to social, cultural and historical change. Instructor Sravana Borkataky-Varma will share stories of growing up in India and discuss religious traditions that originated on the South Asia peninsula including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto.
Borkataky-Varma said, “This course is not a formal lecture, it is discussion-based. Students will examine problematic, social issues coming out of India, so no question is off limits.”
Discussion topics include:
- Hindu’s yoga contribution, caste system, and gods and goddesses
- Jain Doctrines
- Sikhism’s belief in the concept of the oneness of God and Guru Nanak’s teachings
- The Life of Buddha and the Four Noble Truths
Beginning Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m., join fellow students in the new Anderson-Clarke Center to reflect comparatively and globally on the diverse histories of these seven religions. You will receive a binder of readings and handouts and come away with a deeper understanding of these religious traditions through the power of discussion.