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Spring 2012-2013
* REL 326 (HA)  

Buddhist Literature

Jacqueline I. Stone

This seminar will focus on the Lotus Sutra, one of the most influential Buddhist scriptures in East Asia. The Lotus Sutra asserts that a unifying intent underlies the vast diversity of Buddhist teachings and promises that all beings without exception can realize supreme enlightenment. We will consider the Lotus Sutra's origins in the Mahayana Buddhism of India and explore its major ideas and the controversies that developed around them, especially in China and Japan. We will also examine the Lotus Sutra's impact on East Asian Buddhist thought, practice, and ritual performance and its interpretation through art, literature, and social action.

Sample reading list:
L. Hurvitz, Sutra of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma
S. Teiser and J. Stone, Readings of the Lotus Sutra
M. Pye, Skilful Means: A Concept in Mahayana Buddhism
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 150-200 pp. per week. Two short mid-term papers and one longer final take-home exercise.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
REL 225 or equivalent strongly recommended. Students with no prior background in Buddhism should expect to do extra initial reading..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42928 C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Jones Hall   113   Enrolled:11 Limit:15