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Asunto:[CeHuNews] 226/03 - BUDDHIST STUDIES
Fecha:Sabado, 23 de Agosto, 2003  01:19:45 (-0300)
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CeHuNews 226/03

KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY
Nepal

Centre of Buddhist Studies 

PROGRAM

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
OUTLINE | 

FACULTY

Academic Coordinator:
Dr. Peter Moran        (MA, University of Washington. Ph.D., University of
Washington).

Professor Pema Gyaltsen    (Khenpo, Rumtek Monastery)

Adjunct instructors:

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

PASSING STANDARD

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.

COURSE OFFERING

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
inferences.

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

 

 COURSE OUTLINE

BA PROGRAM

Semester i

 Code    Course   Credit  
BSTD 102 
 Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics I 
 6 
 
TLAN 101 
 Classical Tibetan I 
 3 
 
TLAN 103 
 Colloquial Tibetan I 
 3 
 
BSTD 101 
 History of Buddhism in Asia 
 3 
 
   Total credits 
 15 
 

Semester ii

BSTD 103 
 Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics II 
 6 
 
TLAN 102 
 Classical Tibetan II 
 3 
 
TLAN 104 
 Colloquial Tibetan II 
 3 
 
NLAN 101 
 Nepali I 
 3 
 
   Total credits 
 15 
 

Semester iii

BSTD 201 
 Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics I 
 6 
 
BSTD 203 
 Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine I 
 3 
 
TLAN 201 
 Classical Tibetan III 
 3 
 
NLAN 201/ SLAN 201/ 
TLAN 203 
 Nepali II/Sanskrit I/Colloquial Tibetan III 
 3 
 
   Total credits 
 15 
 

Semester iv

BSTD 202 
 Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics II 
 6 
 
BSTD 204 
 Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine II 
 3 
 
TLAN 202 
 Classical Tibetan IV 
 3 
 
SLAN 201/SLAN 202/ TLAN 204 
 Sanskrit I/Sanskrit II/Colloquial Tibetan IV 
 3 
 
   Total credits 
 15 
 

Semester v

BSTD 301 
 Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics III 
 6 
 
BSTD 303 
 Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine III 
 3 
 
BSTD 305 
 Debate I 
 3 
 
TRNS 301 
 Translation Project I 
 3 
 
   Total credits 
 15 
 

Semester vi

BSTD 302 
 Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics IV 
 6 
 
BSTD 304 
 Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine IV 
 3 
 
BSTD 306 
 Debate II 
 3 
 
TRNS 302 
 Translation Project II 
 3 
 
   Total credits 
 15 
 

BA HONOURS PROGRAM

Semester vii

BSTD 401/ BSTD 403 
 Advanced Studies in Buddhist Philosophy & Hermeneutics V / Himalayan Buddhist Ritual and Meditational Practices 
 6 
 
BSTD 402 
 Specialized Studies in Buddhist Doctrine V 
 3 
 
SLAN 201/SLAN 202/NLAN 201/BSTD 404 
 Sanskrit I/Sanskrit II/Nepali II/Debate III/ 
 3 
 
BSTD 406/ BSTD 405 
 Political History of the Himalayan Region/Buddhist Art 
 3 
 
   Total credits 
 15 
 

Semester viii

BSTD 407 
 Methodology 
 3 
 
BSTD 408 
 BA Dissertation (Individual research project) 
 12 
 
   Total credits 
 15 
 


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