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Fall 2014 General Registration: 8/18/14-8/29/14
Spring 2015 Early Registration: 11/10/14-11/21/14

While the IBS offers a set of classes each semester, there are instances in which a class may be cancelled due to low enrollment. If there are enough students to warrant, and the instructor is willing, such a class may be converted from a regular class format to a directed studies format, with fewer meetings over the course of a semester.

Course Listings for Fall 2014

HRPH 8465 : Critical Historiography of Buddhism 

Instructor(s): Amstutz Units: 3.0
This is an Online CourseCourse Level: Advanced
Our online courses are co-sponsored by the Starr King School for the Ministry

The West has been interacting with Buddhism for many centuries, but it is only in the past couple of decades that a truly sophisticated (postmodernist, postcolonialist) sense of global, and intercultural, hermeneutics has been applied to this history, in order to elucidate effects such as Western overationalization of Theravada, or romanticization of Tibet, or idealization of Zen, or dismissal of Pure Land. Having a deep critical awareness of the selected, constructed nature of perceptions of “Buddhism” is essential to having any understanding of what Buddhism has meant and can mean in the West. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the existing and growing literature on this topic. Experience with previous Buddhist studies courses is assumed (seasoned students at the MA and PhD level). This is an online reading course, with weekly readings, written responses, and written interactions with instructor and other students (80%) and a final research paper (20%).

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