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Fall '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Buddhist Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

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Fall Term '01 Time Schedule for Buddhist Studies.

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BUDDHST 480 / ASIAN 480 / PHIL 457 / RELIGION 480. Topics in Buddhism.

Section 001 Theories and Practices of Buddhist Meditation.

Instructor(s): Luis O. Gomez (lgomez@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Buddhist Studies 230. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/buddhst/480/001.nsf

An introduction to the history and polemical settings of Buddhist theories of meditation, this course includes a discussion of sample, and representative, practices spanning a variety of periods and schools. Traditions of meditation discussed include Chan/Zen, Theravada, Tibetan (Karmapa/Brugpa and Geluk). Sources (all in English translation) include ideal and mythical descriptions from the canonical traditions of South Asian and East Asian schools, prescriptive descriptions from classical and contemporary meditation manuals, and contemporary accounts and prescriptions. The course focuses on a historical and psychological understanding of the techniques, ideals, and polemics of this important aspect of the elite traditions of Buddhism. But we will also explore various uses of these techniques as vehicles for authority claims or instruments of legitimatization. We will discuss the way these theories appear in the actual practices of living Buddhists as well as a number of so-called "popular" perceptions of the meaning and power of meditation. Course requirements are a midterm, a final, and two short (5 page) papers.

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BUDDHST 501. Beginning Modern Tibetan I.

Courses in Tibetan

Section 001 Meets with Asian Languages 165.

Instructor(s): Gareth Sparham (gsparham@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/asianlan/165/001.nsf

This is a course for those with little or no understanding of Tibetan. The course will focus on development of aural comprehension, speaking and reading skills. Students will be expected to achieve an ability to correctly produce the Tibetan sound system, master and reproduce basic sentence patterns, and achieve the ability to engage in basic Tibetan conversation. Students will also be expected to demonstrate an ability to spell a basic number of words and write them in dbu-can letters. Students are required to attend four hours of classes per week and make use of the tapes. There will be a quiz each week on the material covered. Textbook: William A. Magee, et al., Fluent Tibetan (Snow Lion Publications). Criteria used in evaluation include regular class attendance, homework assignments, quizzes, reading aloud, and expertise in conversation.

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BUDDHST 511. Intermediate Modern Tibetan I.

Courses in Tibetan

Section 001 Meets with Asian Languages 265.

Instructor(s): Gareth Sparham (gsparham@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: ALC 502. Graduate standing. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/asianlan/265/001.nsf

Students taking Buddhist Studies 511 should have taken Buddhist Studies 501 and 502 or an equivalent. They should have a basic vocabulary of about 400 words and be able to read and engage in basic conversation. The goal of Buddhist Studies 511 is to greatly improve (a) both aural comprehension and speaking ability and (b) reading skill. The course will consist of continual in-class drilling of more complex constructions and set passages for reading and comprehension. These passages will form the basis for in-class discussion and conversation. Students will be graded on regular class attendance, homework assignments, quizzes, and written tests. Textbook: Melvyn C. Goldstein, Modern Spoken Tibetan (Available through the instructor.)

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BUDDHST 625. Readings in Buddhist Literature.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Gareth Sparham (gsparham@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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BUDDHST 699. Directed Readings in Buddhist Studies.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate concentrators. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

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BUDDHST 701. Readings for Comprehensive A.M. Examinations in Buddhist Studies.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Completion of all other course requirements for A.M. degree in Buddhist Studies and permission of graduate advisor. Graduate Standing. (1-3).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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BUDDHST 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate Standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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BUDDHST 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate Standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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