Trans-regional and Comparative Approach to Buddhism in 1st Millennium CE

10 Dec

Prompt: Using ALL TWELVE of the sources provided, make an argument about the ways that Buddhism adapted and resisted the range of influences (such as social, religious, political, geographic factors) it encountered as it spread across (or “universalized” in) Asia in the first millennium CE.

Consider the dates, location, and content of the sources in making your argument.  If the doc is an object, think about what the object is (i.e. where it was placed when made and how it was originally used) and how that impacts the doc’s value for your argument.  Incorporate either a trans-regional or comparative component (or both) to your argument.  Be sure to use these twelve sources, but also consider other ancient sources in WTWA (“Competing Perspectives” and “Interpreting Visual Evidence” features in the textbook), in the Companion Reader and on ppts… plus, hypothesize sources that might help you consider your argument further).  Look back to discussion of Buddhism prior to mid-term [esp. weeks 6 (Axial Age) and 7 (hellenism)], and after (Wk 10).  Also, consider incorporating other sources in the East Asia exhibit of the San Diego Museum of Art that add something to your argument  (check out other online Museum exhibits like, the Met in NY or the Art Institute in Chicago).  This is a source-based thesis (SBT), so DO NOT use outside research, except the occasional Wikipedia (or www) search for definitional clarification. Consult the rubric for the take-home SBT to make sure you address all aspects of the assignment.

This prompt can be done without visiting the San Diego Museum of Art, but your understanding of the museum sources will be much enhanced by visiting the  East Asia room of SDMA, on the left, just past the fountain in the entry hall of the SDMA.   Entry-fee to SDMA is $8 (with student ID) and free to residents on the third Tuesday of the month.  For more information, see

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