Over the course of the past century, Tibetan Buddhism has gone from being the most maligned form of Buddhism to the most exalted. This course will survey the development of Buddhism in Tibet from its origins to the present day, focusing on its doctrines and practices; readings will include meditation manuals, pilgrimage guides, and prayers. The course will conclude with an assessment of the current state of Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama’s efforts to preserve it.
- Attendance at lecture and participation in discussion section (20%)
- Four two-page papers (20%)
- Several unannounced in-class quizzes (20%)
- Midterm examination (20%)
- Final examination (20%)