Buddhism: An Introduction|
Fall 2008 not offered
|Course Cluster: Southern Asia Studies|
This course will survey the origin, philosophies and practices of Buddhism in the cultural contexts of India, Tibet, and Southeast Asia through a close reading of key primary texts and using audiovisual tools and Internet sources to explore contemporary realities. Readings and lectures will be grounded on an on-going exploration of the dynamic links between philosophy and practice, including the relationship between Buddhist thought and social responsibility. In so doing, we will look closely at the transformation of Buddhist thought and practice as it moves through different historical and cultural contexts -- including your own.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(CIR)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Rupert Gethin, THE FOUNDATIONS OF BUDDHISM
Clark Warren Henry, BUDDHISM IN TRANSLATIONS
Susan Murcott, THE FIRST BUDDHIST WOMEN
Shantideva, THE WAY OF THE BODHISATTVA: A TRANSLATION OF THE BODHICHARYAVATARA
Donald Swearer, THE BUDDHIST WORLD OF SOUTHEAST ASIA
Thich Nhat Hanh, BEING PEACE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Regular attendance, reading of all class materials, and participation in class discussions is required. Two short essays. An in-class final exam.