Fall 2011 not offered
For centuries Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism have held an allure and mystique for Westerners that is akin to the magical kingdom of Shangri-la. This course will explore the realities as well as the myths of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. We shall survey the geographical, cultural, and religious landscape of Tibet prior to the advent of Buddhism and, thereafter, focus upon the introduction of Buddhism and its subsequent development there. We shall attempt to plumb the complex interface of religion, culture, and politics as practiced within the Tibetan context as well as to glean an appreciation of the distinctly Tibetan flavor of Buddhist tantric theory and practice. To do the latter, we shall draw both upon a number of Tibetan biographies as well as specific Tibetan Buddhist rituals. Finally, we shall look at the contemporary situation of Tibetans today.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [RELI242 or EAST242]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SAST-MN)(SISP-Reli Conc)
1. John Powers, INTRODUCTION TO TIBETAN BUDDHISM
2. John Avedon, IN EXILE FROM THE LAND OF SNOWS
3. Lama Thubten Yeshe, INTRODUCTION TO TANTRA
4. Trungpa Tulku and F. Fremantle, THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD
5. Tarthang Tulku, tr., MOTHER OF KNOWLEDGE
6. Ani Pachen and A. Donnelley, SORROW MOUNTAIN
7. James Hilton, LOST HORIZON
8. Donald Lopez Jr., PRISONERS OF SHANGRI-LA
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One short essay; a take-home midterm exam, final essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
RELI242/EAST242 OR permission of instructor after consultation.
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