Constructions and Re-Constructions of Buddhism|
Spring 2019 not offered
Is Buddhism a philosophy? A mind science? An ancient mystical path? A modern construct? This seminar will evaluate a variety of answers to these questions by exploring how Buddhism has been understood in colonial and postcolonial periods. Our primary-source materials include Orientalist poetry, Zen essays, Insight Meditation manuals, 21st-century films, and contemporary academic critiques. We will examine the shape Buddhism takes in these works and turn to recent scholarship to discuss how romantic, imperialist, anti-modern, nationalist, therapeutic, and scientific frames depict one of today's most popular religions.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
D.T. Suzuki, ESSAYS IN ZEN BUDDHISM (1927); Jack Kerouac, ON THE ROAD (1957); Donald Lopez, PRISONERS OF SHANGRI-LA (1998); Judith Snodgrass, PRESENTING JAPANESE BUDDHISM TO THE WEST (2003); Ajaan Chah, A STILL FOREST POOL (2004); David McMahan, THE MAKING OF BUDDHISM MODERNISM (2008).
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly discussion questions posted to course blog; 2 short book/film reviews; 1 in-class presentation; final research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Religion Department "Historical Traditions" major requirement.
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