Spring 2012 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)
Terry Clifford, TIBETAN BUDDHISM MEDICINE AND PSYCHIATRY
Robert E. Fisher, ART OF TIBET
Melvyn C. Goldstein, THE SNOW LION AND THE DRAGON: CHINA, TIBET, AND THE DALAI LAMA
Sonam Gyaltsen, THE CLEAR MIRROR: A TRADITIONAL ACCOUNT OF TIBET'S GOLDEN AGE
Matthew Kapstein, THE TIBETANS, PEOPLES OF ASIA
John Powers, INTRODUCTION TO TIBETAN BUDDHISM
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One short essay; one class presentation; a take-home midterm exam and final essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
RELI242 is recommended.
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