The Religions of India WEA Sydney

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More than any other country, India has been the birthplace of great religions. Hinduism, Buddhism, and the lesser known Jainism and Sikhism all originated there. This course traces the origins and history of these astonishing burgeoning of religious thought in the Indian sub-continent, and looks particularly at older forms like Zoroastrianism and the Vedic and Parsi religions. As well, the course attempts to explain the differences between Western and Eastern philosophic viewpoints, and to offer suggestions as to why Westerners feel that the solutions to their problems could lie in Eastern religion and philosophy.

This is a Discussion Group course, if you aren’t already part of a group please see ‘Getting Started’ below.


Course Author: Carole Cusack

Course Code: D41

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

Units & Pricing: 8 units / $88 per person



Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.