FF:RLKA11 Buddhism II - Course Information

RLKA11 Buddhism II

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2013
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. Silvie Kotherová, Ph.D. (lecturer), doc. PhDr. Luboš Bělka, CSc. (deputy)
Mgr. Zuzana Kubovčáková, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Dušan Vávra, Ph.D. (lecturer)
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 1. 3. 9:10–10:45 G21, 10:50–12:25 G25, Fri 29. 3. 9:10–10:45 G21, 10:50–12:25 G25, Fri 26. 4. 9:10–10:45 G21, 10:50–12:25 G25
RLKA10 Buddhism I
Basic knowledge aquired in the course RLA06 Buddhism I.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course Buddhism II follows the course Buddhism I and it is devoted to an overview of the history of spread of Buddhism in Asia and elsewhere around the World. The course also deals with the diversification of Buddhist schools and basic contents of their teachings. Main objectives of the course are: to understand the history and development of Buddhism from Buddhas death until today; to understand basic terminology connected to the teachings of main Buddhist schools; to acquire basic knowledge about the sources to the study of various Buddhist schools; to understand the process of speading of Buddhism in particular countries; to support students ability to criticaly analyse (self-)presentation of Buddhism in the media.
  • 0. Introductory lecture, recommended literature and requirements for successful completion of the course 1. Beginnings of Mahayana, concept of Mahayana in Western discourse, arhat vs. bodhisattva 2. The concept of a bodhisattva, paramita, bodhisattvacharya 3. Development of Buddhist philosophy, Mahayana schools: Madhyamika, Yogacara 4. Prajnaparamita, Heart Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Nirvana=Samsara, concepts of upaya and prajna 5. Buddhist art and iconography - aniconic period, iconic pictures of Buddha, Buddha and bodhisattva, concept of Trikaya 6. Buddhism and the Silk Road - spread of Buddhism, important settlements, discovering of the Silk Road by Western scholarship 7. Arrival of Buddhism to China, Buddhism and other religions in China and Central Asia 8. Vajrayana, Tantras, categories of Tantras, Kalachakratantra and its intepretations in the West 9. Buddhism in Tibet - history, schools and concepts 10. Buddhism in China - schools of Chinese Buddhism, Platform Sutra and Chan 11. Buddhism in Japan - schools of Japanese Buddhism, Amidism, Lotus Sutra 12. Buddhism in the West - periods of its spread, basic features of transformations
  • LESNÝ, Vincenc. Buddhismus. Vyd. 2., ve Votobii 1. V Olomouci: Votobia, 1996. 450 s. ISBN 80-7198-062-5. info
  • WERNER, Karel. Náboženství jižní a východní Asie. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 1995. 215 s. ISBN 80-210-1122-X. info
  • CONZE, Edward. Stručné dějiny buddhismu. Vyd. 1. Brno: Jota, 1997. 239 s. ISBN 8072170023. info
  • CARRITHERS, Michael. Buddha. Translated by Stanislava Pošustová-Menšíková. Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon, 1994. 104 s. ISBN 8020704957. info
  • ZOTZ, Volker. Buddha. Translated by Eva Bosáková. Olomouc: Votobia, 1995. 130 s., [4. ISBN 80-85885-72-7. info
Assessment methods
Contents of the semester:
Lectures, class discussions.
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 contents of lectures 1-5
(b) written test II. concerning the contents of lectures 6-12
The exam is oral and is focused on:
(a) examining students knowledge according to given topics;
(b) examinig students intepretation abilities within these topics.
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 fo the course, topics realted to exam and list of recommended literature are published in teh Study materials of the course.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
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
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2002, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012.
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