Spring/Summer Course Guide

Asian Languages and Cultures

Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 2 - Go to the department office to get on a waitlist, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers intensive language instruction in Chinese and Japanese at the first-, second-, and third-year levels (Japanese 361, 362, 411; and Chinese 361, 362, 411, 421). These language courses are part of the Asian Summer Language Institute. They are officially listed as Summer Term courses, but PLEASE NOTE that they start several weeks before normal Summer Term courses (June 9 to August 15). South and Southeast Asia courses 365, 366, 369, 373, and 374 will run from June 26 until August 19.

See Summer Term section of this Course Guide for course descriptions. All students must apply for admission to the program. Contact the department at 936-3915 for more information.

Courses in Buddhist Studies(Division 332)

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Spring Half-Term, 1998 (May 5-June 23, 1998)

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Summer Half-Term, 1998 (June 29-August 18, 1998)

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Culture Courses/Literature Courses

250. Undergraduate Seminar in Buddhist Studies. (3). (HU). May be repeated with Department permission.
Section 201 The Dalai Lama and Tibet: Past and Present.
The current Dalai Lama is an international figure recognized for a variety of different reasons: he is the most famous Buddhist teacher living today, as well as an active participant in inter-religious dialogue; he is the revered leader of the Tibetan people and the symbolic embodiment of their nationalist cause; he is a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the subject of recent Hollywood movies. This course will examine the multiple religious and political dimensions of this Tibetan Buddhist leader, focussing on what the Dalai Lama is, and has been, for the Tibetan people over the centuries. The present Dalai Lama is counted as the fourteenth in a series of continuous incarnations, all linked mythologically to the enlightened founding father of the Tibetan people. We will investigate how the Dalai Lama instituteion was formed in Tibet, a unique institution designed to unite ultimate religious and political authority in a single figure. Central to understanding the Dalai Lama institution are the religious rituals used for identifying them as children, as well as the mysterious circumstances surrounding their often premature deaths. Many of the Dalai Lamas, like the present one, were prolific writers, and we will read selections from their works, which range from spiritual songs on Buddhist topics, romantic love poems, in addition to their political testaments. The current Dalai Lama's own teachings on compassion, non-violence, and religious tolerance will be read in light of some critiqes levelled against him by a few contemporary Tibetan and Chinese writers. The course will serve as an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan history, and the current controversies over the Dalai Lama today. (Bjerken)
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Spring/Summer Term, 1998 (May 5-August 18, 1998)

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