The Buddha: His Life and Teachings|
Few human beings have had as much impact upon the world as Siddhartha Gautama Shakyamuni, known to us as the Buddha. This course looks closely at the world he inhabited, the ways he transformed it, and the body of work left behind after a lifetime of teaching. Beginning with challenges of interpretation and literary sources, the course consists of equal parts historical and doctrinal investigation of the classical texts of the Pali Canon. We seek to get a sense of both the man behind the myth and the meaning of his message, while appreciating in the process the extent to which all such investigation is shaped by one's own cultural and historical viewpoints.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Gethin, Rupert, SAYINGS OF THE BUDDHA
Ling, Trevor, THE BUDDHA
Nanamoli, Bhikkhu, THE LIFE OF THE BUDDHA
Bodhi, Bhikkhu, ed., GREAT DISCIPLES OF THE BUDDHA
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Regular attendance, reading of all class materials, and participation in class discussions is required. Weekly one-page response essays. Final 10-page paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Historical Tradition" requirement of the Religion major.
|Instructor(s): Olendzki,Andrew Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: RSCSEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 6||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 4||FR: 4|
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