This course offers an introductory overview of several major religious traditions of the East, both in their original historical contexts and in their current cultural manifestations. By looking at scholarly accounts as well as writings of the adherents of these religions, students will explore the fundamental teachings, practices, ideas, texts, and ethical values of each tradition. Students will also attempt to understand some of the critical challenges that these traditions face today and their contributions to contemporary culture and society, both in Asia and in the West.