HDS 3830

Studying Buddhism Across Time and Place

Janet Gyatso


This class studies the basic elements of Buddhist thought, practice, and historical communities, and their vision of the nature of human experience and flourishing. We will study Buddhist classic writings as well as later literary gems from South, Central and East Asia on the nature of meditation, discipline, and creativity. Key themes of our readings are the relationship between self and other, the education of the emotions, paths of self-cultivation, and the (im)possibility of perfection. We will be especially attentive to how the approach to such things has shifted as Buddhism spread through Asia, and more recently to the rest of the world, as in its reception by the Transcendentalists, the Beat poets, and socially engaged religion. Throughout the course we will consider the relevance of this material to our own views of the world and how we should lead our lives. For FAS, register in "Culture and Belief" 25. Note: course has additional section hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Culture and Belief 25

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Tue Thu 11:30am-1pm
FAS CGIS South Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium)

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Buddhist Studies
  • East Asian Religious Studies
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Buddhist Studies
  • East Asian Religions
  • South Asian Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None