SEM:PROBS BUDDHIST THOUGHT

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Religion

Course Number: 
360
Institution: 
Smith College
Topics course. Buddhists the world over understand the Buddha as an enlightened being and Buddhahood as the highest goal of Buddhist practice, but there is little agreement beyond this. What do Buddhas know? Is enlightenment our innate nature or a nurtured quality? Is nirvana a state of joyous ecstasy or the elimination of all passions and pleasures? Can women be Buddhas? How can a Buddha simultaneously be free from all desire yet want to save all beings? Can Buddhas be found in the world today? Does this ideal still make sense in light of contemporary psychology? Is Prozac easier and faster than meditation? We will explore contemporary views of Buddhahood as well as earlier ideas drawn from the classical Theravada, Tibetan, and East Asian traditions. Prerequisite: one course in Buddhist traditions or permission of the instructor.
Comments: 

Topic: Enlightenment. Instructor Permission. Not open to first-years, sophomores

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
Y
Schedule #: 
39375-S13

Course Sections

SEM:PROBS BUDDHIST THOUGHT
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Jamie Hubbard

jhubbard@smith.edu

T 03:00-04:50

SEELYE 304