1831007 Buddhist Studies

Numbering Code U-LET14 31831 LJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Fri.2
Instructor name DEROCHE,Marc-Henri Jean (Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course We will investigate the relation between oral/textual tradition (Tibetan: thos pa), philosophical inquiry (bsam pa) and meditative practices (sgom pa) in Tibet, by focusing on the literature of theories of meditation and of spiritual advice.
We will provide first a general overview of such various literary genres and of the history of meditation and yoga in Tibet. Then we will focus especially on the tradition of the School of the Ancients (rNying ma pa), following its classification of Buddhist teachings which culminates in the Great Perfection (rDzogs chen), considered as the pinnacle of both sUtra-s and tantra-s.
We will read a selection of texts by Klong chen Rab 'byams pa (1308-1363), 'Jigs med gling pa (1730-1798), etc.
We will intend to elucidate such materials by situating them in the broader history of Buddhist philosophy, psychology and epistemology. Especially, we will consider two main cognitive faculties, "mindfulness" and "clear comprehension" (dran pa dang shes bzhin), and their training in connection to the soteriological question of the recognition of the "nature of mind" (sems nyid).
Course Goals - Acquiring the fundamental knowledge of theories of meditation in Tibetan Buddhism
- Developing Tibetan reading skills and critical research methodology in this field
Schedule and Contents Class 1. Introduction

Classes 2-14. Reading selected Tibetan texts

Class 15. Wrap-up session and feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Evaluation is made according to participation.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Tibetan texts and secondary literature will be provided or indicated at each class for the preparation of the next class.
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