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|Asunto:||[CeHuNews] 226/03 - BUDDHIST STUDIES|
|Fecha:||Sabado, 23 de Agosto, 2003 01:19:45 (-0300)|
|Autor:||humboldt <humboldt @...............ar>
Centre of Buddhist Studies
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BUDDHIST STUDIES WITH HIMALAYAN LANGUAGE
The Centre for Buddhist Studies offers a three-year program in Buddhist Studies
with Himalayan Language leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA). An
optional fourth year of study leads to the Bachelor of Arts Honours degree. The
aim of this education is to develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding
of Buddhist philosophy as well as a fluent proficiency in both classical and
colloquial Himalayan language. For details see further below at Course Offering.
| FACULTY | METHOD OF ASSESSMENT | PASSING STANDARD | COURSE OFFERING | COURSE
Dr. Peter Moran (MA, University of Washington. Ph.D., University of
Professor Pema Gyaltsen (Khenpo, Rumtek Monastery)
Garth Copenhaver (MA, University of Virginia)
Andreas Doctor (MA, University of Copenhagen)
Jampa Donden (Khenpo, Dzongsar Monastery)
Douglas Duckworth (MA, University of Virginia)
Sherab Sangpo (Khenpo, Ngedon Shedrup Dargye Ling Shedra)
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Evaluation at the Centre for Buddhist Studies is continuous. Students are
evaluated on class participation, home assignments, mid-term tests, and final
examinations. In some courses, students may be assigned term papers and project
reports for evaluation. At the end of each semester, students are awarded letter
grades that represent the weighted average of grades obtained in various segments
of evaluation. Evaluation is done on a four point grade system as follows:
Grade A B C D F
Grade Point 4 3 2 1 0
To graduate from the Centre for Buddhist Studies, a student must obtain a grade
point average of at least 2.0 in all semesters. Re-examination will be given to
students who have obtained 'F' in a particular course or were absent with good
cause during the examination.
In order to be awarded the BA degree students must complete a total of 90 credit
units from the following categories.
Buddhist Religion and Philosophy - 57 credit units from the following courses:
Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine I - V. 3 credits each.
A series of courses on Buddhist phenomenology, ontology, epistemology, and
soteriology as contained in the classical Four Schools of Buddhist philosophy.
Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics I - II. 6 credits each.
These courses form an introduction to the study of Buddhist doctrine. The aim of
the courses is to give students the opportunity to engage with Buddhist
philosophical literature as presented in the traditions of monastic scholarship.
Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics I - V. 6 credits each.
A series of specialised courses in Buddhist philosophy and scriptural
interpretation. The aim of this series is to give students an in-depth knowledge
of complex philosophical topics and their relations and implications within the
general field of Buddhist philosophy.
Himalayan Buddhist Ritual and Meditational Practices. 6 credits.
Through a theoretic as well as experiential approach this course introduces the
student to important aspects of Buddhist ritual and meditation as practised in
the Himalayan region.
Debate I, II. 3 credits each.
These courses will focus on training to debate in the traditional Buddhist way.
The objectives of the course are (1) to train students to listen to and speak on
philosophical material already studied and (2) to train students to communicate
philosophical ideas in Tibetan in a clear and structured way.
History of Buddhism in Asia. 3 credits (compulsory).
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the major
historical and cultural developments of Buddhism in Asia.
Himalayan Language - 33 credit units from the following courses:
Classical Tibetan I, II. 3 credits each.
These courses introduce the student to classical Tibetan through a variety of
grammatical principles and their application in text examples.
Classical Tibetan III, IV. 3 credits each.
These courses will focus on the terminology of the genre of Tibetan literature
dealing with Buddhist phenomenology, psychology, and logic, thus preparing the
student for participation in the Debate course.
Colloquial Tibetan I, II. 3 credits each.
These courses will introduce students to the basics of spoken Tibetan. Students
will learn basic sentence structure and begin building a vocabulary of colloquial
words and phrases.
Colloquial Tibetan III, IV. 3 credits each.
The aim of these courses is to bring students to the point where they are able
to communicate comfortably in spoken Tibetan, and moreover to prepare them for
the more advanced classes in Tibetan language, such as the Translation Project.
Nepali I. 3 credits (compulsory).
This course will introduce the student to basic patterns of spoken Nepali
focusing on various situational examples.
Nepali II. 3 credits.
Building on Nepali I, this course aims to develop the student's ability to
communicate in spoken and written Nepali.
Sanskrit I, II. 3 credits each.
These courses will cover the general principles of Sanskrit word construction
and grammar. Using classical material, students will gain experience with reading
Sanskrit philosophical texts.
Translation Project I, II. 3 credits each.
These courses aim at developing the student's ability to translate classical
literary Tibetan into a modern language. A hitherto untranslated text will
function as the working basis, and students will individually produce
translations that are evaluated collectively by the class.
To be awarded the BA, Hons., Degree students must complete an additional total
of 30 credit units from the following categories:
Buddhist Religion and Philosophy - 27 credit units from the following courses:
Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics. 6 credits each.
See description above
Specialised Studies in Buddhist Doctrine. 3 credits each.
See description above
Buddhist Art. 3 credits.
This course will investigate the traditions for the use of artistic media in the
transmission of Buddhist knowledge and view. Special emphasis will be given to
the traditions preserved and maintained in present day Nepal.
Political History of the Himalayan Region. 3 credits.
This course forms a survey of the socio-political development of the Himalayan
region from the beginnings of historic time till the present day.
Debate III. 3 credits.
Building on the abilities acquired in Debate II, students in this course will
examine central issues covered in the philosophy classes, thus developing
philosophical perspective and further familiarity with the creation of
Methodology. 3 credits.
This course provides an understanding of the methodological tools found within
the study of Buddhism both in light of the claims they make as well as the
implications of their practical application.
BA Dissertation. 12 credits.
Final dissertation. The student chooses a topic of particular interest in
consultation with a faculty adviser and presents his/her research on this topic
in an academic paper and at a public lecture.
Himalayan Language - 3 credit units from the following courses:
Sanskrit I - II. 3 credits each.
See description above
Nepali II. 3 credits.
See description above
Code Course Credit
Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics I
Classical Tibetan I
Colloquial Tibetan I
History of Buddhism in Asia
Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics II
Classical Tibetan II
Colloquial Tibetan II
Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics I
Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine I
Classical Tibetan III
NLAN 201/ SLAN 201/
Nepali II/Sanskrit I/Colloquial Tibetan III
Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics II
Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine II
Classical Tibetan IV
SLAN 201/SLAN 202/ TLAN 204
Sanskrit I/Sanskrit II/Colloquial Tibetan IV
Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics III
Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine III
Translation Project I
Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics IV
Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine IV
Translation Project II
BA HONOURS PROGRAM
BSTD 401/ BSTD 403
Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy & Hermeneutics V / Himalayan Buddhist Ritual and Meditational Practices
Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine V
SLAN 201/SLAN 202/NLAN 201/BSTD 404
Sanskrit I/Sanskrit II/Nepali II/Debate III/
BSTD 406/ BSTD 405
Political History of the Himalayan Region/Buddhist Art
BA Dissertation (Individual research project)
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