Nonviolence and Violence in Buddhism|
Spring 2014 not offered
This seminar examines one of the most important and debated themes in Buddhism--its teachings and practices of nonviolence and of justified violence. Using both selected secondary sources and primary texts in translation, students will not only learn the basic doctrines and history of Buddhism through this engaging theme, but also reflect on the dynamics of religious nonviolence and violence in general at both philosophical and sociopolitical levels. The course explores a variety of subjects and materials, including Buddhist stories and philosophy, practices such as vegetarianism and Tibetan tantric rituals, Buddhist political leaders from Ashoka to Ambedkar, Dalai Lama, and Aung Sun Suu Kyi.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Zimmerman, (ed.), BUDDHISM AND VIOLENCE
Dalton, J. P., THE TAMING OF THE DEMONS: VIOLENCE AND LIBERATION IN TIBETAN BUDDHISM
|Examination and Assignments: |
Reading and participation; weekly writing assignments, final paper proposal and final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Religion department "Thematic Approach" OR "Historical Traditions" major requirement.
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