Syllabus
 THE FOUNDATION OF BUDDHISM
3/25 The Vedic Foundation of Indian Religion
BIBE:
1-4; Wisdom from the Dalai Lama: ‘Keep Working on It’
3/27
The Life of Gautama Buddha
BIBE: 6-30; Original Buddhist Sources: 26-37
3/29
The Teachings of the Buddha
BIBE: 31-63
4/1
Meditation: The Foundation of Mindfulness
Original Buddhist Sources: 55-59, 69-77; How Mindfulness Transforms Us
 THE THERAVADA TRADITION
4/3
Early Buddhism and the “Way of the Elders”
BIBE: 65-75; Original Buddhist Sources: 109-117; Ashoka
4/5
Buddhism in Sri Lanka
BIBE: 75-94; The Darker Side of Buddhism
4/8
Buddhism in Southeast Asia (Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia)
BIBE: 94-112; The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia: 1-20
 THE DEVELOPMENT OF MAHAYANA BUDDHISM
4/10
Mahayana: The Great Vehicle
BIBE: 115-148  •  SIDDHARTHA PAPER *
4/12
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
4/15 
CLASS CANCELED
 
4/17
Vajrayana: The Tantric Tradition
BIBE: 177-200; Yidam; Chenrezig Sadhana; Comments on the Chenrezig Sadhana
4/17  
Mindfulness Meditation: Old Main/Smith Hall, 4:00-5:00
 
4/19  
EASTER WEEKEND
 
4/22
Tibetan Buddhism: Tantra in Practice
BIBE: 200-219; Dalai Lama Nobel Peace Prize; Prayer Wheel; Tibetan Spirituality
4/22 
Christian Labyrinth: Ratio Hall, 4:15 and 4:30

 CHINESE BUDDHISM
4/24
Buddhism in China
BIBE: 222-232; Sources of Chinese Tradition: 420-432; The Three Teachings
4/26
Tiantai: The “Heavenly Terrace” School & Huayan:  The “Flower Garland” School
BIBE: 232-243; Sources of Chinese Tradition: 444-461 & 471-476
4/28
Foguangshan (IBPS) Temple Visit
Sunday, April 28 @ 10:45 AM

4/29Chan: The “Meditation” School
BIBE: 243-250; Original Buddhist Sources: 287-307; Enlightenment?
5/1
Jingtu: The “Pure Land” School
BIBE: 250-272; Rebirth in the Pure Land
 KOREAN BUDDHISM
5/3MOVIE: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring
BIBE: 275-307
5/6MOVIE: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (Continued)
TEMPLE VISIT PAPER*
 JAPANESE BUDHISM
5/8Japanese Religion
BIBE: 309-314
5/9
 
Hindu Meditation: LAC/Heininger, 12:00-1:00 PM

5/10Tendai: The Development of Japanese Buddhism
BIBE: 314-317; Sources of Japanese Tradition: 125-133, 140-152; Kaihogyo
5/13Shingon: The Esoteric Tradition
BIBE: 318-321; Kukai: 1-8, 61-76; Goma Fire Ritual
5/15From Chan to Zen: The Evolution of the Koan
BIBE: 321, 329-334; Sources of Chinese Tradition: 509-517; Sources of Japanese Tradition 306-317; Sanzen
5/17
Hakuin and the Rinzai Tradition of Zen
Zen Buddhism: A History (Japan): 367-394
5/20
VIDEO: The Principles and Practice of Zen
HARDCORE ZEN PAPER *
5/21 
Mindfulness Meditation: Old Main/Smith Hall, 4:00-500 PM
 
5/22
The Pure Land Tradition in Japan
BIBE: 322-329; Sources of Japanese Tradition: 211-230; Nembutsu; Pure Land Service
5/24
Nichiren: A Uniquely Japanese Tradition of Buddhism
BIBE: 334-339; Sources of Japanese Tradition: 292-305; Daimoku; Daimoku Chanting
5/27 
MEMORIAL DAY
 
5/29
Buddhist Pilgrimage in Japan
BIBE: 339-360; Japanese Pilgrimage
 BUDDHISM IN THE WEST
5/31Buddhism Comes West
BIBE: 363-382 (383-415 recommended)
6/3
FINAL EXAM ~ Monday, June 3: 1-3 PM
 
* All papers should be submitted to Blackboard/Assignments and may be used for program assessment (with names removed).