Syllabus
 THE FOUNDATION OF BUDDHISM
1/4
The Vedic Foundation of Indian Religion
BIBE: 1-4;
Wisdom from the Dalai Lama: ‘Keep Working on It’
1/6
The Life of Gautama Buddha
BIBE: 6-30; Original Buddhist Sources: 26-37
1/9
The Teachings of the Buddha
BIBE: 31-63
1/11
Meditation: The Foundation of Mindfulness
Original Buddhist Sources: 55-59, 69-77; Discovering Buddhism (Module 2)
1/12Contemplative Event: Mindfulness Meditation
Smith Hall (Old Main) @ 4:00 PM

 THE THERAVADA TRADITION
1/13
Early Buddhism and the “Way of the Elders”
BIBE: 65-75; Original Buddhist Sources: 109-117; Ashoka
1/16
Buddhism in Sri Lanka
BIBE: 75-94; Buddhism and the State
1/18
Buddhism in Southeast Asia (Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia)
BIBE: 94-112
 THE DEVELOPMENT OF MAHAYANA BUDDHISM
1/20
Mahayana: The Great Vehicle
BIBE: 115-148  •  Siddhartha Paper *
1/23
Madhyamika: Nagarjuna and the Teaching of “Emptiness”
BIBE: 149-163 (163-175 recommended); Original Buddhist Sources: 163-170, 198-212
 VAJRAYANA AND THE TANTRIC TRADITION OF TIBET
1/25
Vajrayana: The Tantric Tradition
BIBE: 177-200; Sadhana; Chenrezig Sadhana; Mahakala Sadhana
1/25Contemplative Event: Christian Labyrinth Meditation
Heininger (LAC) @ 5:00 PM

1/27
Tibetan Buddhism: Tantra in Practice
BIBE: 200-219; Dalai Lama Nobel Peace Prize; Prayer Wheel; Tibetan Spirituality
 CHINESE BUDDHISM
1/30
Buddhism in China
BIBE: 222-232; Sources of Chinese Tradition (SCT): 420-432; Chinese Buddhism
2/1
Tiantai: The “Heavenly Terrace” School
BIBE: 232-237; SCT: 444-461; Zhiyi
2/3
Huayan: The “Flower Garland” School
BIBE: 237-243; SCT: 471-476; Indras Net—Zoom; Fazang
2/6Chan: The “Meditation” School
BIBE: 243-250; Original Buddhist Sources: 287-307; Meditation
2/7Contemplative Event: Vajrayana Buddhist Meditation
Multipurpose Room (New Hall) @ 12:00 PM

2/8
Jingtu: The “Pure Land” School
BIBE: 250-272
2/10VIDEO: To the Land of Bliss
2/12
Foguangshan (IBPS) Temple Visit
Sunday, February 12 @ 10:15 AM

 KOREAN BUDDHISM
2/13MOVIE: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring @ Smith Hall (Old Main)
BIBE: 275-295
2/15MOVIE: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring @ Meiley-Swallow Theater
BIBE: 295-307
 JAPANESE BUDHISM
2/17
 Japanese Religion
BIBE: 309-314
2/19 Foguangshan Temple Visit Paper * (or one week after temple visit)
2/20Tendai: The Development of Japanese Buddhism
BIBE: 314-317; Sources of Japanese Tradition (SJT): 125-133, 140-152
2/22Shingon: The Esoteric Tradition
BIBE: 318-321; Kukai: 1-8, 61-76; Koyasan
2/24From Chan to Zen: The Evolution of the Koan
BIBE: 321, 329-334; SCT: 509-517; SJT: 306-317
2/27
Hakuin and the Rinzai Tradition of Zen
Zen Buddhism: A History (Japan): 367-394
3/1
VIDEO: The Principles and Practice of Zen
Hardcore Zen Paper *
3/3
The Pure Land Tradition in Japan
BIBE: 322-329; SJT: 211-230; Pure Land Service
3/6
Nichiren: A Uniquely Japanese Tradition of Buddhism
BIBE: 334-339; SJT: 292-305; Daimoku
3/8
Contemporary Buddhism in Japan
BIBE: 339-360; Japanese Pilgrimage
 BUDDHISM IN THE WEST
3/10Buddhism Comes West
BIBE: 363-382 (383-415 recommended)
3/15
Final Exam ~ Wednesday, March 15: 1-3 PM
• Temple Visit Paper * and/oContemplative Event Paper *
 
* All papers should be submitted to Blackboard/Assignments and may be used for program assessment (with names removed).