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This course provides an introduction to Buddhist philosophy through the lens of the landscapes, history, and culture that inspired it. Students will trace the emergence of Buddhism in northern India and examine the role that the geography and culture of the Himalayas have played in its evolution. The class will explore the representation of mountains in Eastern mythology, as well as the art, literature, and ethnogeography of the Himalayan region. Through slide-illustrated lectures, readings, and open discussion, students will gain intimate knowledge of a region that is held sacred to five of the world's great religions.