UVa’s Tibet Courses, Fall 2015 – Summer 2016

Fall 2015

RELB 2054 Tibetan Buddhism Introduction
3 Units, TuTh 11:00AM – 12:15PM, Katarina Turpeinen, McLeod Hall 1020

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 3408 Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy
3 Units, MoWe 2:00PM – 3:15PM, John Campbell, Gibson Hall 141

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 2054 Buddhism
3 Units, TuTh 9:30AM – 10:45AM, Sonam Kachru, Gibson Hall 211

Explore the many worlds of Buddhism—the doctrines, the forms of life, and the ideals of felicity—that have exerted such a profound influence on the lives of so many for so long, across such vast distances. Encounter the history of Buddhism with particular emphasis on what Buddhists of the past have themselves said, thought and debated concerning the ideals of their traditions. Study the life of Siddhartha Gautama; read the classic expressions of Buddhist self-cultivation in the Dhammapada; overhear a monk speak to his own mind and challenge his and our pre-theoretical moral intuitions in the Bodhicaryāvatāra; and keep up with the critical, acerbic humorous and often challenging persona of Saraha in the improvisational (and inspirational) verses ascribed to him, challenging Buddhists (monks, professors and laypersons) not to assume they know what Buddhism is. Explore different vehicles of thought and practice—dialogues, arguments, verses, mantras, icons, practices of mental cultivation and more—and follow as Buddhists not only debated the letter and meaning of what the Buddha taught in India over the centuries, but travel with Buddhists to China, Tibet, Japan and beyond, (back) to modern India and the re-introduction of a freshly imagined, politically charged and socially conscious Buddhism. Follow the story even to the first Buddhist monastery founded in the United States.

RELB 5559 Truth & Tradition: Intro to Buddhist Scholasticism
3 Units, Tu 3:30PM – 6:00PM, Sonam Kachru, New Cabell Hall 368

This course examines the distinct genres of Buddhist systematic thought (commentary, conspectus, monograph, etc.) and explores how they function, and how hermeneutics interacts with epistemology, this as a way of clarifying what Buddhist scholasticism might be. Special attention is paid to Vasubandhu, but also other thinkers, in this course.

RELB 5470 Literary Tibetan V
3 Units, TuTh 2:00PM – 3:15PM, Katarina Turpeinen, Gibson Hall 287

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 2:00PM – 3:25PM, Katarina Turpeinen, Gibson Hall 287

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, 3:30PM – 6:00PM, Kurtis Schaeffer, Physics Bldg 210

TBTN 1010 Elementary Tibetan I
4 Units, MoTuThFri, See Catalog, Tsetan Nepali, Clemons Library 320

TBTN 2010 Intermediate Tibetan I
4 Units, MoTuThFri, See Catalog, Tsetan Nepali, Clemons Library 320

TBTN 3010 Advanced Modern Tibetan I
3 Units, MoWe, 2:20pm-3:10pm, Fri, 3:30pm-4:20pm, Tsetan Nepali, Monroe Hall 113

TBTN 3030 Advanced Modern Tibetan III
3 Units, MoWe, 12:00pm-12:50pm, Fri, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Tsetan Nepali, Monroe Hall 113

TBTN 8010 Elementary Tibetan I
4 Units, MoTuWeTh, See Catalog, Tsetan Nepali, Clemons Library 320

TBTN 8011 Intermediate Tibetan I
4 Units, MoTuThFri, See Catalog, Tsetan Nepali, Clemons Library 320

TBTN 8012 Advanced Modern Tibetan I
3 Units, MoWe, 2:20pm-3:10pm, Fri, 3:30pm-4:20pm, Tsetan Nepali, Monroe Hall 113

TBTN 8030 Advanced Modern Tibetan III
3 Units, MoWe, 2:20pm-3:10pm, Fri, 3:30pm-4:20pm, Tsetan Nepali, Monroe Hall 113

Spring 2016

TBA

Summer 2016

TBA

TBTN 116 – 2026 Intensive Tibetan
Introductory and Intermediate Intensive Tibetan Language, Brian Ullman and Staff, see SLI site for classrooms and more info

See Summer Language Institute website for more information