Buddhism: A Cultural Journey

Buddhism has become one of the most popular global religions and its cultural reach has expanded phenomenally since the 1990s. In this course Walter Mason (author of Destination Cambodia) explores Buddhism’s main divisions, its cultural and historical forms and how the Buddhist tradition is lived in various countries. This course will also explore Buddhism’s more recent journey to the West and some of the most important figures in Buddhist iconography.


  • Theravada – The way of the elders, the historical Buddha and South East Asia
  • Mahayana – The great vehicle, the Pure Land and Zen
  • The Goddess of Mercy – The Bodhisattva of Compassion and expression of popular devotion in the Buddhist world
  • Vajrayana – Tibet, the Dalai Lama and the journey to the West

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a greater knowledge of Buddhism’s rich history and culture.
  2. Comprehend the shape and doctrine of Buddhism’s main forms.
  3. Explain the spread of Buddhism and its different forms in different countries.
  4. Explain and recognise the basic teachings of Buddhism and the stories of the main Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.