Teaching

Fall 2019: for registration information, Institute of Buddhist Studies <here>

HR 1630: Methods in the Study of Buddhism, Wed., time: 9:40 to 12:30

Course Description: A survey of different approaches to the study of Buddhism, including textual, anthropological, sociological, historical, and bibliographic. Particular attention will be given to contemporary critical studies, appropriate historical and social contextualization of doctrinal claims, and relations between Buddhism and other religions in the modern world. May be upgraded for doctoral students. Auditors with instructor’s permission. <Syllabus-FA19-HR-1630>

HR 8250: Esoteric Buddhism, online

Course Description: This course surveys the entire scope of the Buddhist tantric tradition, from its origins in early medieval India to the present. Organizing structure of the course attempts to balance regional and topical approaches to the study of the field. Organized like a directed readings course, but with weekly assignments, students work independently. <Syllabus Esot’c B’ism HR 8250 Fall 2019>

 

Fall 2018: for registration information, Institute of Buddhist Studies

HRPS 8320: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF BUDDHISM I: FOUNDATIONS IN BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGICAL THOUGHT —Fall 2018

Course Description: An examination of the development of psychological theories in the abhidharma, and Yogācara systems of thought, through the reading of both introductory secondary sources, and primary sources in translation. May be repeated for credit when different primary texts are being studied. May be upgraded for doctoral students. Auditors with faculty permission only. Course will be run as a directed readings course—students read materials as per schedule, write a summary of each reading that will be posted for all class members, and write a term paper on a topic of their choice that is related to the course content.

HR 1630: METHODS IN THE STUDY OF BUDDHISM—FALL 2018

COURSE  DESCRIPTION: A survey of different approaches to the study of Buddhism, including textual, anthropological, sociological, historical, and bibliographic. Particular attention will be given to contemporary critical studies, appropriate historical and social contextualization of doctrinal claims, and relations between Buddhism and other religions in the modern world. May be upgraded for doctoral students. Auditors with instructor’s permission.