Religious Studies | Perfection of Wisdom Literature
R450 | 3891 | Nattier
R450 Perfection of Wisdom Literature (Nattier) * Intensive Writing
Credit (3 Cr.) T 4:00-6:30 PM BH 331
Requires Authorization from Religious Studies Department.
This course will focus on some of the most influential scriptures of the
"Perfection of Wisdom" group, including the Small Sutra, the Large Sutra,
the Diamond Sutra, and the Heart Sutra. We will read each of these
carefully, with particular attention to three issues: (1) doctrine
(especially the development of the "philosophy of emptiness" for which
these writings are famous), (2) practice (what did a would-be
Bodhisattva--female or male, lay or monastic--actually do?, and (3)
literary form (what can we say about the genre of these texts, their
relation to one another, and the progressive development of the "Small"
Sutra into the "Large"?). All required readings will be in English,
though students majoring in Asian languages will have the option of
reading portions of these texts in the originals. Students must have
previously taken R350 or R354 or have permission of the instructor. This
class meets with R552.