School of Letters Department of Humanities

(Credit 2)
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広人文学演習 II
Humanities (Japan and East Asia) in English(Seminar II)
Sub Title  Introduction to Buddhism
Assistant Professor Caleb CARTER
Numbering Code: LET-HUM3104E
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2018 SpringTerm
weekly Tue3
Ito 401 Classroom
E科目 (English, English)
Course Overview Buddhism encompasses a vast array of communities, practices, philosophies, and technologies spanning roughly twenty-five hundred years and covering diverse regions across Asia and more recently, the West. Buddhists themselves often describe their practice as a path. In a similar vein, we will take a journey traveling through many of the practices, communities, and movements that developed over the course of its history. Our investigations will closely consult firsthand sources, authored by Buddhists, themselves. By reading and analyzing primary texts, you will confront cultural practices and ways of thinking that expose you to unfamiliar terrain—an experience that, in turn, will shed light on your present circumstances, values, and beliefs.
The course is divided thematically into three sections: Buddhist foundations, Buddhist divisions and philosophies, and Buddhist practices.

1) Learn key Buddhist terminology, concepts, and practices. Consider both continuities among traditions as well as variations and issues of historical and regional context.
2) Develop analytical skills that allow you to critically read primary sources (within Buddhist traditions) and secondary sources (written by scholars).
3) Engage in open discourse, especially in an English-language setting. In addition, you will gain practice in asking questions, making comments, and writing about the ideas, practices, and vested interests embedded in the sources we study.
4) Step into the unfamiliar by encountering beliefs, practices and ways of understanding the world outside of your own.
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Required Ability : English proficiency
Course Plan Textbooks : No assigned textbooks. Readings will be available in PDF format through Dropbox.
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1 Ancient India
2 Life of the Buddha
3 Former lives
4 Cosmology
5 The Sangha: Monks and Laymen
6 The Sangha: Nuns and Laywomen
7 Mainstream Buddhism: The Four Truths
8 Mainstream Buddhism: Non-self and Abhidharma
9 Mahayana Buddhism: The Bodhisattva Path
10 Mahayana Buddhism: Perfection of Wisdom
11 Mahayana Buddhism: The Middle School
12 Approaches to Practice and Ritual
13 Temple Life
14 Meditation
15 Pilgrimage

Suggestion for success (Specific) : Be active in class: speak up and join discussion.
Read all assignments and get enough sleep before class!
Study Consultation (Office Hours) : Tuesday 2-3pm, 文学部本館379室
Course Objectives
かなり優れている 優れている 及第である 一層の努力が必要
B_A-a [人文学の視座の理解]
B_A-b [アプローチの理解]
B_A-d [資料の理解]
B_B1-b [専門文献の解釈]
B_B1-c [外国語運用能力]
GPA Evaluation
授業を通じて、総じて「かなり優れている」に相当する活動を行った。 授業を通じて、概ね「優れている」を超える活動を行った。 授業を通じて、「及第する」に相当する活動を行った。 授業を通じて、総じて「及第する」には達しないものの、それに近い活動を行った。 授業を通じて、「一層の努力が必要」の活動にとどまった。
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