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  • History of BuddhistPhilosophy

    Spring 2015 Syllabus

    Phil 302Sec 001

    CRN: 1300

    MWF 3:00-4:15 PMEdith Kanakaole Hall 111

    Dr. Timothy J. FreemanOffice: PB8-3

    Office: 932-7479cell: 345-5231


    Office Hours:MWF 12:00-12:50 and by appointment

    Catalog course descriptionPHIL 302 Hist Of Buddhist Philosophy (3) History of Buddhist philosophy and its culturalinfluence and intellectual development in Asia and Hawaii. Recommended: previous work inphilosophy or religious studies. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P, HPP)

    required textsBuddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, 3rd ed. Donald W. Mitchell & Sarah H. Jacoby.

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

    The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Ngrjunas Mlamadhyamakakrik, Jay L. Garfield. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

    Course contentThis course covers the history of Buddhist philosophy from its inception in ancient India to its modernday development in both Asia and the West. Part One of the course will focus on the development ofBuddhism within India. We will begin the life and teachings of Siddhrtha Gautama, the Indian sage whobecame known as the Buddha, or Awakened One. We will follow the development of Indian Buddhism,focusing first on the early Pali texts that comprise the canon of the Theravda tradition which continuesto thrive in Sri Lanka and throughout Southeast Asia. We will then turn our attention to the great schismthat led to the development of the Mahyna tradition and its Sanskrit texts which have had such apervasive influence in shaping the development of Buddhism in both North and East Asia. In Part Two ofthe course we will follow the further development of Buddhism beyond India. We will begin with thedevelopment of Tibetan Buddhism which is based on a combination of Mahyna and Tantric teachings

  • Spring 2015 History of Buddhist Philosophy Syllabus

    imported from India and the indigenous shamanism of Tibet. We will then turn to the development ofBuddhism in China where the Mahyna teachings from India were combined with strains of Confucianand Daoist teachings from the classical Chinese tradition. We will then follow the development of thiseastern Buddhism in both Korea and in Japan. In the last two weeks of the course we will look atmodern developments in both Asia and in the West.

    Student Learning Outcomes [Philosophy courses for GE purposes]: (As with all Philosophy courses) Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:* respond clearly, logically and critically to examination questions and discussion questions about some important philosophical issues relevant tothe course;* read, comprehend, and discuss philosophical texts relevant to the course;* compose effective written materials that assimilate, synthesize and reflect on course information;*identify and describe in writing and in class discussion some important aspects of the cultural heritage and contributions of Buddhist philosophy.

    Course formatClassroom sessions will be both lecture and discussion with emphasis on informal lecture. Therewill also be an occasional slide show/multimedia presentation and videos.

    Classroom Policies* All students are expected to come to class on time and to bring their books as well as paper andpen suitable for taking notes of class lectures.* No laptop computers are to be used during class time.* Active cellular telephones or paging devices are not permitted in class. * No consumption of food is allowed during the class period.

    grading policyThe final grade will be based on the following: 1. Term Paper (50%)2. Mid-term Exam (25%)3. Final Exam (25%)

    Attendance: More than 3 unexcused absences will negatively impact your grade for the course. Every fourth unexcused absence will result in 10 points deducted from the final grade average.

    Grading will be determined according to the following scale

    A 95-100 ExcellentA- 90-94B+ 87-89B 84-86 GoodB- 80-83

    C+ 77-79C 74-76 SatisfactoryC- 70-73 D 60-70 PoorF 0-59 Failure

  • Spring 2015 History of Buddhist Philosophy Syllabus

    Advising StatementAdvising is a very important resource designed to help students complete the requirements of theUniversity and their individual majors. Students should consult with their advisor at least once asemester to decide on courses, check progress towards graduation, and discuss career options andother educational opportunities provided by UH-Hilo. Advising is a shared responsibility, butstudents have final responsibility for meeting degree requirements.

    Special needsAny student with a documented disability who would like to request accommodations shouldcontact the University Disability Services Office - Student Services Center E215, 932-7623 (V),932-7002 (TTY), uds@hawaii.edu - as early in the semester as possible.

    Student Conduct CodeAll students are expected to adhere to the Student Conduct Code as explained in the Universityof Hawaii at Hilo 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog.

  • Spring 2015 History of Buddhist Philosophy Syllabus

    Part I: Buddhism in India

    1 Introduction to Buddhist PhilosophyM 01/12 Course Introduction & Orientation

    W 01/14 Film: Samsara

    2 The Life and Basic Teachings of the BuddhaM 01/19 Holiday: Martin Luther King Day

    W 01/21 Background of Indian Philosophy: The UpanishadsThe Life of Gautama Buddha

    Reading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 6-30)

    3 The Teachings of the Buddha M 01/26 Selections from the Pali Canon

    W 01/28 Selections from the Pali CanonReading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 31-64)

    4 Early Buddhism and the Way of the Elders M 02/02 The Three Baskets

    W 02/04 Meditation and Mindfulness

    Reading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 65-114)

    5 The Great Vehicle: Mahyna BuddhismM 02/09 The Prajpramit Stras: The Heart Sutra

    W 02/11 The Prajpramit Stras: The Diamond SutraReading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 115-148)

    6 Indian Experiences of BuddhismM 02/16 Holiday: President's Day

    W 02/18 Abhidharma Philosophies & Mahyna PhilosophiesNgrjunas Middle Way School

    Reading: (Garfield: 87-99; 293-334) (Mitchell & Jacoby: 149-163)

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    7 Indian Experiences of BuddhismM 02/23 The Yogcra School

    Reading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 163-176)

    W 02/25 **Mid-Term Exam**

    Part II: Buddhism outside India

    8 Tibetan BuddhismM 03/02 Dissemination of Buddhism into Tibet

    Tantra and Vajrayna Buddhism

    W 03/04 Major Schools of Tibetan BuddhismDzokchen Teachings

    Reading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 177-199)

    ** March 4: Last Day to Withdraw from Courses with W**

    9 Tibetan Buddhism M 03/09 The Dalai Lama

    Tibet in the Past Century and New Tibetan Movements

    W 03/11 Film: Kundun Reading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 200-221)

    10 Buddhism in China M 03/16 The Silk Road to China

    The Six Schools of Early Chinese Buddhism

    W 03/18 Tiantai Buddhism: The Heavenly Terrace SchoolHuayan Buddhism: The Flower Garland School

    Reading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 222-243)

    Spring Recess (March 23-27)

    11 Buddhism in China M 03/30 Chan Buddhism: The Meditation School

    W 04/01 Jingtu Buddhism: The Pure Land School

    Reading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 243-274)

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    12 Buddhism in KoreaM 04/06 The Advent of Buddhism in Korea

    W 04/08 The Development of Buddhism in KoreaReading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 275-308)

    13 Buddhism in JapanM 04/13 Introduction of Buddhism into Japan

    The Six Schools of the Nara Period (710-784)

    W 04/15 The Heian Period (794-1185)Tendai BuddhismShingon Buddhism

    Reading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 309-321)

    14 Buddhism in JapanM 04/20 The Kamakura Period (1185-1333)

    Pure Land BuddhismZen BuddhismNichiren

    W 04/22 The Muromachi Period (1338-1573)Zen and Japanese Culture

    The Tokugawa Period (1603-1868)The Meiji Period (1868-1912)Recent Movements

    Reading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 321-362)

    15 The Globalization of BuddhismM 04/27 Selections from Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac

    Buddhism and the Possibilities of a Planetary Culture, Gary Snyder

    W 04/29 The Sun My Heart, Thich Nhat HanhSelection from Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, Shunryu Suzuki

    Reading: (Mitchell & Jacoby: 363-419)

    16 The Globalization of BuddhismM 05/04 The Dragon Who Never Sleeps, Robert Aitken

    W 05/06 Hope For the Future, The Dalai Lama

    M 05/11 **Final Exam** (2:00-4:00 PM)

    **schedule is subject to revision**


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