Religious Studies | Perfection of Wisdom Literature
R552 | 3899 | Nattier


R552  Perfection of Wisdom Literature (Nattier) (3 Cr.) T 4:00-6:30 BH 331

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.  This class meets with R450.