Mahåyåna Buddhism: The Foundations - TH635

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2019-20

Overview

This course explores the central teachings, practices and sacred texts of Mahåyåna Buddhism and will focus upon the first 500 years of its history in India. It will examine the rise and development of Mahåyåna Buddhism in India through analysis of its key sacred literature and philosophical schools as well as its subsequent spread to East and North Asia.

Details

This module appears in:


Contact hours

2 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar each week for 10 teaching weeks

Availability

Also available at Level 5 (TH634)

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Chang, C. C., (2008) A Treasury of Mahåyåna Sutras. Selections from the Maharatnakuta Sutra, annotated edition, Penn State University Press.
Conze, E. (2003) Perfect Wisdom. The Short Prajnaparamita Texts, Buddhist Publishing Group.
King, R. (1999) Indian Philosophy. An Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Thought, Edinburgh University Press.
Williams, P. (2008) 'Mahåyåna Buddhism. The Doctrinal Foundations, Routledge, 2nd Edition.
Williams, P., with Tribe, A. (2000) Buddhist Thought. A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition (Routledge).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

At Level 5
By the end of this module, students will be able to:
11.1 Identify and discuss in an informed and coherent way two key doctrinal themes or practices central to Mahåyåna Buddhism such as the bodhisattva, emptiness, or skill-in-means;
11.2 Demonstrate an appreciation of the internal diversity and historical development of Mahåyåna Buddhism, especially during its formative period;
11.3 Engage in individual research on Buddhist themes using the full range of library, computing and IT resources.

At Level 6
By the end of this module, students will be able to:
11.4 Critically analyse and evaluate two key doctrinal themes or practices central to Mahåyåna Buddhism such as the bodhisattva, emptiness and skill-in-means;
11.5 Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical appreciation of the internal diversity and historical development of Mahåyåna Buddhism during its formative period;
11.6 Engage in individual research on Buddhist themes using the full range of library, computing and IT resources and demonstrate the ability to work independently and manage their own learning.

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