The course is a study of the ‘religion of art’ in Buddhism. The study has two main components, theoretical and practical. The theoretical study will focus on the doctrinal and philosophical issues behind the Buddhist attitude to aesthetics. In addition to a study of all the important canonical references to various forms of art, a key theme that will be studied is how an appreciation of aesthetics could go along with the noble truth of suffering. Under the practical component various forms of Buddhist art (painting, sculpture, poetry etc) will be studied in a manner that will highlight the fundamental teachings and attitudes in Buddhism. The overall thrust of the course is to create among the participants a sense of appreciation of Buddhist art.