FF:RLKA10 Buddhism I - Course Information

RLKA10 Buddhism I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2012
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s) (plus 1 credit for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
doc. PhDr. Luboš Bělka, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jana Valtrová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Pavel Šindelář, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Kryštof Trávníček (assistant)
Mgr. Silvie Kotherová, Ph.D. (assistant)
doc. PhDr. David Václavík, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Lucie Čelková
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Fri 19. 10. 14:10–15:45 C11, Fri 16. 11. 14:10–15:45 C11, Fri 14. 12. 14:10–15:45 C11
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course is thematically divided to the three issues - corresponding to the three Buddhist "refuges" (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha). First part of the courese (Buddhism I) povides students with basic informations about historical figure of Buddha Sakyamuni as well as basic Buddhist teachings and philosophy. At the end of this course, students should be able to understand the basic Buddhist Sutras as well as be able to know history and religious context of the time of Buddha.
  • (0) Introduction.
  • (1) Academic study of Buddhism. Subject, methods and history of Buddhology; Orientalism in Buddhologi; Buddhology in the world; Czech and Slovak Buddhology (institutions).
  • (2) Buddhist and Buddhologist literary sources: An overview of the Czech, Slovak and world literature.
  • (3) Buddha and his time, historical background of the origin of Buddhism. Early Buddhist India, theories about the origin; Historicity of the Buddha Sákyamuni. The Buddha and a buddha (Buddha - notion, Buddhahood).
  • (4) Buddha, his life I (Searching - Prince Siddhártha).
  • (5) Buddha, his life II (Awakening - Sage Gautama).
  • (6) Test I.
  • (7) Early teaching: anatta, dharma, karma, sansára.
  • (8) Buddhist concept of personality, reincarnation (to be reborn), cosmology, gati, skandha, pratítyasamutpáda.
  • (9) Awakening (bódhi), nirvána, meditation.
  • (10) Four noble truths and Eightfold noble path.
  • (11) Early Buddhism, Théraváda and arhat; later Buddhism, bódhisattva.
  • (12) Test II.
  • LESTER, Robert C. Buddhismus :cesta k osvícení. Vyd. 1. Praha: Prostor, 1997. 202 s. ISBN 80-85190-53-2. info
  • CONZE, Edward. Stručné dějiny buddhismu. Vyd. 1. Brno: Jota, 1997. 239 s. ISBN 8072170023. info
  • LOPEZ, Donald Jr. Příběh buddhismu. Průvodce dějinami buddhismu a jeho učením. Brno: Barrister and Principal, 2003. ISBN 80-86598-54-3. info
  • WERNER, Karel. Náboženství jižní a východní Asie. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 1995. 215 s. ISBN 80-210-1122-X. info
  • MILTNER, Vladimír. Vznik a vývoj buddhismu. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2001. 373 s. ISBN 8070214104. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, home reading, multimedia
Assessment methods
Colloquim and basic requirements for the oral exam
Requirements for colloqium are identical with basic requirements for oral exam:
(a) written test I. concerning the topics discussed in lectures 1-5
(b) written test II. concerning the topics discussed in lectures 6-12
The exam is oral and is focused on:
(a) examining students knowledge according to given list of themes;
(b) examinig students intepretation abilities within these themes.
In case of failure in test, test(s) become written part of the exam and it is necessary to write them on the same date before the oral exam.
Detailed schedule for the course, list of themes subject to the examination and list of recommended literature are published in the Study materials of the course.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Information on completion of the course: Posluchači religionistiky povinně ukončují zkouškou.
The course is taught annually.
General note: Posluchači religionistiky povinně zapisují v 1. semestru studia.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: bloková výuka.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo religionistiku je podmíněn souhlasem vyučujícího.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011.
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