Main Meeting Room
This brief course will introduce participants to the principles, practices, and traditions of Buddhism. As one of the world’s major religious and philosophical traditions, Buddhism is practiced by about 400 million people around the world, and is growing in popularity in the US. This course will focus on the commonalities and differences between Buddhist traditions from around the world, both in history and today.
Instructor Dr. C. Pierce Salguero is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar fascinated by the intersections between Buddhism, medicine, and crosscultural exchange. He holds a Ph.D. in History of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and teaches Asian history, religion, and culture at Penn State University’s Abington College, located near Philadelphia. The major theme in his scholarship is the interplay between the global transmission and local reception of Buddhist knowledge about health, disease, and the body.