FF:RLB53 Tibetan Buddhism - Course Information

RLB53 Tibetan Buddhism

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2009
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. PhDr. Luboš Bělka, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Kryštof Trávníček (assistant)
prof. PhDr. Dušan Lužný, Dr.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Lucie Čelková
Timetable of Seminar Groups
RLB53/P: Tue 10:00–11:35 zruseno D22, L. Bělka
RLB53/K: Fri 27. 2. 10:00–11:35 J31, Fri 27. 3. 10:00–11:35 J31, Fri 24. 4. 10:00–11:35 J31, L. Bělka
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( RLA10 Buddhism I || RLKA10 Buddhism I ) && ( RLA11 Buddhism II || RLKA11 Buddhism II )
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 offers an outline, history and presence of Northern (Tibetan, Vajrayana) Buddhism which is sometimes called by an outdated term Lamaism. The first lectures inform about the history and presence of academic Buddhology, Tibetanistic literature in Czech and other languages, including information on the internet. Follows information about periods in the historical, cultural and religious development of respective Tibetan traditions (or orders, sometimes called schools or sects) from their establishment up to the present time. In the main part of the course students gain the historical and factual outline of the political and religious history of Tibet. Some space is devoted to the aspects of life and culture in Tibet. Attention is paid mainly to individual Buddhist orders and pre-Buddhist traditions: Bön, Nyingmapa, Kagyupa, Sakjapa and Gelugpa. The course brings also basic information on the spread of traditional Tibetan Buddhism outside the Tibetan territory (Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh, Mongolia, Buryatia, Kalmykia, Tuva). The conclusion of the course is the modern history of Tibet (19th and 20th centuries) as well as the phenomenon of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. At the end of this course, students should be able to understand the basic concepts of the Tibetan Buddhism as well as be able to know relevant historical data.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
define basic forms of the religious life in Tibet
define basic Tibetan Boodhist schools (sects)
describe basic works about Tibetan Buddhism (both Buddhist and Buddhologist)
describe basic examples of the Tibetan Buddhism (an historical overview).
  • (0) Introduction. (1) Literary sources, Western and Czech and Slovak Buddhology and Tibetan studies, Internet sources. (2) Tibet - the people and the land. Basic geography and ethnography. Ethnic and political Tibet. (3) Tibet - religious and political history I (Warlords: years 634-849). (4) Tibet - religious and political history II (Buddhist revolution: years 850-1641). (5) Tibet - religious and political history III (Rule of the Dalai Lamas: years 1642-1950). (6) Bön. Life nad work of the tradition founder Shenrab Mibo, origin of the teachings, firts followers. (7) Nyingmapa. Origin of the first (non-reformist) Tibetan Buddhist traditio. Life and work of the tradition founder Padmasambhava. (8) Kagyupa. Life and work of the tradition founder Tilopa; continuation of the tradition. (9) Sakyapa. Origin of the tradition, first monasteries, Sakyapa literature(tantras), basic teachings. (10) Gelugpa. Origin of the tradition, first monasteries - Kadampa; Life and work of the tradition founder Congkhapa. (11) Traditiona Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet: Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh, Mongolia, Buryatia, Kalmykia, Tuva). (12) Tibet in the modern history and Tibetan Buddhism in the West: 20-21 centuries.
  • ŽAGABPA, Cipön Wangčhug Dedän. Dějiny Tibetu. Translated by Josef Kolmaš. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2000. 428 s. ISBN 80-7106-410-6. info
  • Pravda o Tibetu :fakta a svědectví. Edited by Ľubomír Sklenka, Translated by Lucie Ryntová. 1. české vyd. Praha: Lungta, 1999. 107 s. ISBN 80-902650-0-6. info
  • GJALCCHÄN, Sönam. Zrcadlo králů : tibetská kronika 14. století. Translated by Josef Kolmaš. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 1998. 337 s., 8. ISBN 80-7021-273-X. info
  • KOLMAŠ, Josef, BSTAN-'DZIN-RGYA-MTSHO, Dušan ZBAVITEL and Ivana GROLLOVÁ. Svět tibetského buddhismu. Photo by Pavol Breier - Zdeněk Thoma - Josef Ptáček. 1. vyd. Praha: Brabapress 93, 1996. 141 s., [4. ISBN 80-85871-88-2. info
  • KOLMAŠ, Josef. Buddhistická svatá písma :šestnáct arhatů. 1. vyd. V Praze: Práh, 1995. ISBN 80-85809-23-0. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussions, reading of texts, homeworks
Assessment methods
Colloquim requirements:
(a) written essay;
(b) active attendance on the lectures.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo religionistiku je podmíněn souhlasem vyučujícího.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2003, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Autumn 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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