FF:RLA11 Buddhism II - Course Information

RLA11 Buddhism II

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2009
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 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. Kryštof Trávníček (lecturer)
Mgr. Jana Valtrová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Pavel Šindelář, Ph.D. (assistant)
prof. PhDr. Dušan Lužný, Dr.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Lucie Čelková
Tue 11:40–13:15 B11
RLA10 Buddhism I
Basic knowledge aquired in the course RLA06 Buddhism I.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 80 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/80, only registered: 0/80
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 contents of their teachings. Main objectives of the course are: - to describe key moments in the history of Buddhism from Buddha´s death until modern times;
- to define basic philosophical issues of the teachings of particular Buddhist schools;
- to practice basic terminology in Sanskrit and Pali;
- to recognize the most important sources to the study of particular Buddhist schools;
- to differentiate forms and (self)presentations of Buddhism in modern society
  • 0. Introductory lecture, sylabus, literature and requirements for the fulfillement of the course 1. Beginnings of Mahayana, development of the concept of Mahayana in Western academic 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, mudra, 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 religion in China and Central Asia 8. Vajrayana, Tantra, 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, Tribune Sutra and Cchan 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
Teaching methods
Lectures, training of terminology, class discussion, commented readings from sources.
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) examining students interpretation 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
The course is taught annually.
General note: Posluchači religionistiky povinně zapisují v 2. semestru studia.
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 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013.
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