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Tibetan Buddhism

RELI 343
Spring 2008
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: EAST 343
Course Cluster: Southern Asia Studies

For centuries Tibet and Tibetan Buddhists have held an allure and mystique in the minds of westerners and others that is akin to that of the magical kingdom of Shangri-La. This seminar will seek to explore the realities as well as the myths of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. We will begin with a brief review of Indian Mahayana Buddhism, with particular emphasis on Tantric thought and practice. We shall then focus on the introduction and subsequent development of Buddhism in Tibet, paying particular attention to the myriad and complex ways in which Tibetan culture and politics were shaped -- and was shaped by -- Tibetan Buddhist thought and practice. Towards that end, we will engage in a close, critical reading of religious texts, histories, myths, and images. In closing, we will consider the intersection of Buddhism and politics in the context of present day Tibet, exploring periodicals and literature to apply our insights to the analysis of contemporary realities.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(GSAS-MN)(GSAS)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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