Buddhism: An Introduction|
Fall 2013 not offered
This course is an introduction to Buddhism in its major historical variations. Using both selected secondary sources and primary texts in translation, we will examine Buddhism as the product of two ongoing and historically situated discourses: the one belonging to scholars of Buddhism, and the other to the tradition itself. The course begins with the mainstream tradition of early India, continues through the Mahayana transformation in South and East Asia, and concludes with a comparative look at the Buddhist traditions of Tibet and Japan and the relevance of these movements for contemporary "Western" Buddhism.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(CGST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SAST-MN)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Walpola Rahula, WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT
Lama Yeshe, INTRODUCTION TO TANTRA
Stephen Batchelor, BUDDHISM WITHOUT BELIEFS
Thich Nhat Hanh, BEING PEACE
Andrew Quintman (tr.), THE LIFE OF MILAREPA
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Regular attendance, reading of all class materials, and participation in class discussions is required. Two short essays. An in-class final exam.
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