UVa’s Tibet Courses, Fall 2014 – Summer 2015

Fall 2014

NCTH 104 Buddhist Meditation: Philosophy and Practice
0 Units, Tu 6:30PM – 8:30PM, Bradford Phillips, Zehmer Hall Conference Center

Surveys traditional meditation practices of Buddhist cultures found in Thailand, Tibet, and Japan, and explores their assimilation in America. Topics include breathing meditation, cultivation of mindfulness, altruism, compassion, Zen, and recovering innate intelligence.

RELB 3190 Buddhist Nirvana
3 Units, Mu 3:30PM – 6:00PM, Karen Lang, Gibson Hall 342

This seminar will examine what Buddhists mean when they talk about Nirvana and the path to enlightenment. We’ll begin with how the concept of Nirvana develops in the culture in which Sakyamuni Buddha lived and taught, explore how different forms of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Tibet, China, Japan, and in the west developed new ideas about what Nirvana is and how it can be experienced. We’ll read classic sutras on the topic, as well as books and essays by Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, other contemporary Zen masters, and western Buddhist practitioners and scholars.

RELB 3408 Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy
3 Units, MoWe 3:30PM – 4:45PM, John Campbell, Gibson Hall 341

Tibet possesses one of the great Buddhist philosophical traditions in the world. Tibetan Buddhist thinkers composed comprehensive and philosophically rigorous works on human growth according to classical Buddhism, works that surveyed ethics, meditation practice, the nature of personal identity, and enlightenment itself. In this seminar we will read and discuss famous Tibetan overviews of Buddhist philosophy. Pre-Requisites: One prior course in religion or philosophy recommended

RELB 5470 Literary Tibetan V
3 Units, TuTh 12:30PM – 1:45PM, Dominic Sur, Contact Department

Advanced study in the philosophical and spiritual language of Tibet, past and present. Prerequisite: RELB 5000, 5010, 5350, 5360, or equivalent.

RELB 5800 Literary Tibetan VII
3 Units, TuTh 12:30PM – 1:45PM, Dominic Sur, Contact Department

Advanced study in the philosophical and spiritual language of Tibet, past and present. Prerequisite: RELB 5000, 5010, 5350, 5360, or equivalent.

RELB 8230 Advanced Literary and Spoken Tibetan
3 Units, Open, David Germano, Contact Department

TBTN 1010 Elementary Tibetan I
4 Units, MoTuWeThFri, 9:00am-9:50am, Tsetan Nepali, Clark Hall 043

TBTN 2010 Intermediate Tibetan I
4 Units, MoTuWeThFri, 10:00am-10:50am, Tsetan Nepali, Clark Hall 043

TBTN 3010 Advanced Modern Tibetan I
3 Units, MoWe, 12:00pm-12:50pm, Fri, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Tsetan Nepali, New Cabell Hall 038

TBTN 3030 Advanced Modern Tibetan III
3 Units, MoWe, 12:00pm-12:50pm, Fri, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Tsetan Nepali, New Cabell Hall 038

TBTN 8010 Elementary Tibetan I
4 Units, MoTuWeThFri, 9:00am-9:50am, Tsetan Nepali, Clark Hall 043

TBTN 8011 Intermediate Tibetan I
4 Units, MoTuWeThFri, 10:00am-10:50am, Tsetan Nepali, Clark Hall 043

TBTN 8012 Advanced Modern Tibetan I
3 Units, MoWe, 12:00pm-12:50pm, Fri, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Tsetan Nepali, New Cabell Hall 038

TBTN 8030 Advanced Modern Tibetan III
3 Units, MoWe, 12:00pm-12:50pm, Fri, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Tsetan Nepali, New Cabell Hall 038

Spring 2015

NCPD 126 The Yoga of Sleep: Harnessing the Cycle of Dreams & Waking
0 Units, Th 6:30PM – 8:30PM, Bradford Phillips, Zehmer Hall Conference Center

Explores the ancient Indian and Tibetan programs of dream yoga and Yoga Nidra, as well as contemporary techniques for achieving dream lucidity. Discusses health benefits of deep relaxation in treatment of insomnia, anxiety, and stress. Introduces a graduated series of guided practices for progressive relaxation.

RELB 2054 Tibetan Buddhism Introduction
3 Units, MoWe 12:30PM – 1:45PM, Katarina Turpeinen, Physics Bldg 204

Provides a systematic introduction to Tibetan Buddhism with a strong emphasis on tantric traditions of Buddhism – philosophy, contemplation, ritual, monastic life, pilgrimage, deities & demons, ethics, society, history, and art. The course aims to understand how these various aspects of Tibetan religious life mutually shape each other to form the unique religious traditions that have pertained on the Tibetan plateau for over a thousand years.

RELB 5480 Literary Tibetan VI
3 Units, TuTh, 12:30-1:45pm, Staff, New Cabell Hall 042

Advanced study in the philosophical and spiritual language of Tibet, past and present. Prerequisite: RELB 5000, 5010, 5350, 5360, or equivalent.

RELB 5810 Literary Tibetan VIII
3 Units, TuTh, 12:30-1:45pm, Staff, New Cabell Hall 042

Advanced study in the philosophical and spiritual language of Tibet, past and present. Prerequisite: RELB 5000, 5010, 5350, 5360, or equivalent.

TBTN 1020/8020 Elementary Tibetan II
4 Units, MoTuWeThFri, 9:00am-9:50am, Tsetan Nepali, Clark Hall 043

TBTN 2020/8021 Intermediate Tibetan II
4 Units, MoTuWeThFri, 10:00am-10:50am, Tsetan Nepali, Clark Hall 043

TBTN 3030/8030 Advanced Modern Tibetan III
3 Units, MoWe, 12:00pm-12:50pm, Fri, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Tsetan Nepali, New Cabell Hall 038

TBTN 3040/8040 Advanced Modern Tibetan IV
3 Units, MoWe, 12:00pm-12:50pm, Fri, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Tsetan Nepali, New Cabell Hall 038

TBTN 8060 Advanced Modern Tibetan for Research & Fieldwork
3 Units, MoWe, 12:00pm-12:50pm, Fri, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Tsetan Nepali, New Cabell Hall 038

Summer 2015

TBA