REL 257
Tibetan Buddhism: Embodying Wisdom and Compassion
Last Offered Spring 2018
Division II
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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We begin by considering the basic ideas and practices of Tibetan Buddhist traditions and the ways in which the ideals of wisdom and compassion have shaped Tibetan culture. We then proceed to examine particular aspects of the tradition such as the role of the teacher or lama and their various manifestations, from the exotic figure of the tantric guru to that of the Dalai Lama, a charismatic world teacher engaged in both religious and political affairs. We also examine a wide range of lay and monastic practices, from the life of large monasteries and their unique culture to the practices of nuns and lay people. Throughout this course, we consider not just the variety of exoteric practice forms but also the esoteric tantric tradition that pervades Tibetan life. We examine the various meditative practices that revolve around this profound and often misunderstood tradition. In doing so, we do not consider tantra as just a set of strange practices sometimes revolving around sex and violence. Rather we examine how it manifests a philosophy of embodiment that has profound implications for thinking about who we are as human beings.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3312
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: full attendance and participation, two essays
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PHIL Related Courses

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