Religious Studies | The Perfection of Wisdom Literature
R450 | 27362 | Nattier
This course will focus on some of the most influential scriptures of
the “Perfection of Wisdom” group, including the Small Sutra, the
Large 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 R250,
R350 or consent of the instructor.