Tibetan Buddhism: Culture, Ethics, Philosophy and Practice


Introduces students to history, practice, culture, and ethics of Tibetan Buddhism; contents include overview of Indian Buddhist practice and ethics; historical overview of Tibetan Buddhism with a focus on connections between the construction of Buddhist ideal types (lama and yogin) and political power; Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy; Buddhist transformation of ethical, social and cultural forms, including the shaman/king and gift exchange patterns, and analysis of the function of lineage within the construction of Tibetan polities and social order; readings include textbook surveys, biography and philosophical texts and poetry. Instructor: Need
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Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • W
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • AMES 386S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring