Introduction to Buddhism (BDST1602)


This unit introduces Buddhist traditions from their Indian origins to developments elsewhere in Asia, such as Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand and Cambodia, and Mahayana and Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism in Tibet, China, Korea and Japan. Students will study literary, philosophical, social, cultural, artistic and contemplative expressions of Buddhism, and are introduced to academic approaches within Buddhist Studies. Emphasis is laid upon understanding Buddhist writings and practices in larger doctrinal, historical and cultural contexts.

Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2000wd Essay (30%), 1xtutorial Oral Presentation (15%), 1x1000wd tutorial paper (20%), 1x1500wd exam (25%), Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


RLST2609 or RLST2610

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.