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RELIGIOUS STUDIES 225 The Buddhist Tradition Fall 2004 MW 2 15 4 05PM Steiner 306 Edmund T Gilday Office Steiner 302 Office Hours MW 10 00 11 00 a m gilday grinnell edu Tel Ext 4227 or by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed as a seminar with two primary ambitions The first is that each member of the seminar achieve a well informed confidence in discussing the main intellectual social cultural and practical features of the Buddhist tradition The second ambition is that you develop a sense and style of academic inquiry that will both suit your own individual strengths and interests and engage more general issues of understanding and interpretation in the academic study of religion After a short orientation our reflections will begin thematically with a unit devoted to the Three Treasures of Buddhism in both historical and contemporary contexts We will then shift our attention to a geo historical cultural focus exploring the development of Buddhist ideas and practices on the ground as Buddhists encountered and came to accommodate new cultural traditions in other areas of Asia and the world This part of the course will be framed by readings in Buddhism the eBook and linked resources within the text as well as the resources at Buddhism Online After the Fall break we will turn our attention to two case studies Forest Recollections and The Zen Monastic Experience that illuminate in poignant and critical ways many of the issues and ideas that we will have been engaging before the break The class will be divided into two groups each of which will be responsible for organizing and leading our discussions of one of these books Over the course of the semester you will also be developing a term project on a topic of your choosing that addresses one or more of these same issues and ideas In other words your project must contribute to our common enterprise COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING 1 It goes without saying that you are expected to do the readings for each



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