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. Readings will consist entirely of primary texts in translation.
During Winter 2013, there will be a special exhibition of Tibetan Buddhist Art at the University of Michigan Art Museum. Students in the class will receive special tours of the exhibition. In addition, after the conclusion of the course, a small group of students from the class will have the opportunity to travel to India to visit the Tibetan Buddhist refugee community.
- Attendance at lecture and participation in discussion section (25%)
- Four two-page papers (25%)
- Midterm examination (25%)
- Final examination (25%)