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Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:30 - 11:20
This course involves an historical and thematic survey of the Buddhist tradition from the time of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha or "Awakened One," until the present. We will explore some of the ways in which Buddhist teachings and practices have interacted with and been changed by various cultures in Asia, and more recently in North America. This course does not aim to be comprehensive, but instead to introduce the student to some of the important and enduring themes of Buddhist life.
Among the questions we will investigate are:
What did he mean when he said, "Everything is suffering. Everything is impermanent. There is no soul"?
What are the Buddhist paths to nirvana or enlightenment?
What does it mean to be a Buddhist?
How does one lead a Buddhist life?
How has Buddhism interacted with various cultures and societies?
WHY LOG TRUCK DRIVERS RISE
Polished hubs gleam
And the shiny diesel stack
Warms and flutters
Up the Tyler Road grade
To the logging on Poorman creek.
Thirty miles of dust.
There is no other life.
Most readings are also on reserve in the library.
John S. Strong, The Experience of Buddhism
Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of Understanding
The 14th Dalai Lama, Freedom in Exile
Giei Sato and Eshin Nishimura, Unsui: A Diary of Zen Monastic Life
The Turning Wheel, Summer 2000
Reynolds and Hallisey, "The Buddha"
Two in-class exams
Friday, October 20
Frequent short response papers
10-12 page research paper
Deadlines for paper:
Monday, October 9, in class: preliminary topic
Friday, November 3, in class: paper prospectus and annotated bibliography
Friday, November 17: optional first draft
Two in-class exams 30 %
PROVISIONAL CLASS SCHEDULE
EARLY INDIAN BUDDHISM
Monday, August 28
Wednesday, August 30
Friday, September 1
Reading: Frank E. Reynolds and Charles Hallisey, "Buddhist Religion, Culture, and Civilization" (in reader)
Monday, September 4
Wednesday, September 6
Friday, September 8
THE BASIC TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA
Monday, September 11
Wednesday, September 13
Friday, September 15
Monday, September 18
Wednesday, September 20
Friday, September 22
Monday, September 25
Wednesday, September 27
Friday, September 29
Monday, October 2
Wednesday, October 4
Friday, October 6
Monday, October 9
Preliminary research paper topic due
MAHAYANA BUDDHISM IN INDIA
Wednesday, October 11
Monday, October 16
Wednesday, October 18
Friday, October 20
Second in-class exam
BUDDHISM IN CHINA AND JAPAN
Monday, October 23
Wednesday, October 25
Bodhidharma and Ch'an
Thursday, October 26
Victor Sogen Hori, "Expressing the Unspeakable: The Zen Koan"
Visit of Professor Hori to class
Monday, October 30
Wednesday, November 1
Friday, November 3
Monday, November 6
Wednesday, November 8
Friday, November 10
Monday, November 13
Wednesday, November 15
Friday, November 17
Final date for rough draft of research paper
BUDDHISM IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
Monday, November 20
Monday, November 27
Wednesday, November 29
Friday, December 1
Research paper due
Monday, December 4
Wednesday, December 6
Friday, December 8
At least once, and sometimes twice, each week throughout the semester you will be responsible for a one- or two-page written paper in response to the required class readings or films. These papers will form a basis for classroom discussion of the material, and so are due in class on the day assigned.
You will be given general directions for each response paper in advance. At the same time, the response papers are an opportunity for you to engage the course material in a way that enables you to achieve greater clarity concerning your own thoughts. There is no 'right' or 'wrong' response.
These assignments will be not be graded for either content or style. If you hand in the paper in class, you will receive a grade of 4. If the paper is late for any reason, except those verified by a written note from Health services or a dean, you will receive a grade of 1. Late papers will be accepted for one week after the due date. If you do not hand in a paper, you will receive a grade of 0. If it is obvious that you have not done the assignment, and are handing in a paper based on nothing but your own ingenuity and imagination, in all likelihood you will receive a 0. If you hand in every response paper on time throughout the semester, your grade for this portion of the course will automatically be an A.
As a favor to me, I ask that you type and double-space
the response papers. This will serve two beneficial functions for you as
well: by typing the papers, you will have an easily accessible record of
your responses from throughout the semester; and you will learn the valuable
skill of being able to compose a paper at the keyboard. Papers that are
handwritten, however, will not be penalized.