Religious Studies | Topics in Religious Studies: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
R202 | 12064 | --


The above course carries A&H distribution

We will examine the historical and cultural development of the four
main Tibetan Buddhist traditions: Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Geluk.
First, we will look briefly at the Indian Background and how
Buddhism found new roots on the Tibetan Plateau.  Then we will
explore Tibetan history and culture to learn about the development
and characteristics of each main tradition and some of the minor
schools.  Thirdly, we will turn to Tibetan Buddhism in the 20th
century in order to understand the spread of Tibetan Buddhism from
the Himalayas to communities like Bloomington.  Finally, we will
look at Tibetan Buddhist festivals, rituals and practices as
performed in Tibet today.  The course book will be supplemented by
audio-visual materials on images of Tibetan art and the instructor’s
fieldwork photos.  Class requirements include active participation,
three quizzes and a final exam.