BSTD 211: Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley

This course looks at Buddhism in Kathmandu Valley, especially as practiced by its indigenous inhabitants, the Newars. As the sole remnant of traditional South Asian Mahāyāna in a Sanskrit idiom, the Newar tradition offers important insights into the development of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. The course investigates the rich fabric of Newar culture and religious life, including ritual and devotional practices, its hereditary sangha, renowned artistic tradition, and the interplay of Buddhism and Hinduism in the valley.