BC313 - Buddhist Symbolism and Mythology

The course aims to clarify and evaluate the place of the imaginative realm and its expression through symbol and myth in Buddhist practice. Selected theories eg. metaphors and similes in the canonical literature, buddhakśetra, inūdra, images of Buddhas/Bodhisattvas, celestial assemblies etc - will be explored in their respective cultural contexts as well as on the background of anthropological and psychological approaches (J. Campbell, C.G. Jung, K. Kerenyi etc).