Indian Buddhism


Key Information

Lecture dates: 8 - 12 April 2019  Census date: 8 April 2019 
Lecturer: Dr Royce Wiles Duration: 5 weeks (incl. 5 days on-campus)*
Location: NTI Wollongong Campus, 231 Nolan St, Unanderra, NSW 2526, Australia
Subject Code: ABS941

Subject Overview

‘Indian Buddhism' recounts the growth of Buddhism in South Asia, and covers the teachings and precepts of the different perspectives from the early beginnings, through the development of Mahayana Buddhism.

This subject provides a survey of the growth of Buddhism in South Asia – from its origins in about the fifth century BCE, through to the major developments in India and Sri Lanka, including the appearance of early Mahayana forms. It integrates developments in doctrine with relevant archaeological and historical evidence from the field.

Learning Outcomes

• Understand and discuss the historical background of Indian Buddhism and its relation to the life of Sakyamani Buddha

Analyse the basic doctrines and key philosophical concepts of Indian Buddhism, such as the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Noble Path, dependant Origination, Karma, Samsara, Nirvana, and more

Learn a detailed account of the development of the Mahayana Schools of Indian Buddhism

Further develop the skills to pose research questions, investigate and analyse the literature, and present reports.



* Time structure:

- 1st week: pre-reading

- 2nd week: face-to-face classes at NTI Wollongong Campus
- 3rd to 5th week: time for completing written assessments