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The primary goal of the course is to provide an introduction into the history and development of Buddhist thought in East Asia, offering a general religious and philosophical ideas of various Buddhist schools, as well as examples of its both lay and monastic practice. Also, the intention is to overcome two millennia of its journey and provide a perspective on Buddhism in the present era, as it is practiced in Asia as well as in the United States and Europe. The motive behind this is to demonstrate that Buddhism is far from medieval or outlived religious system isolated within the monastic walls, but to illustrate original Buddhist ideas and their actualization in the present world, Eastern and Western combined.
Life of the Buddha
Basic Tenents of the Teaching
Early Buddhist Councils: Role of Buddha's Disciples in the Sangha
Teaching of the Elders
Revolution and Schism in Buddhism: Development of the Mahayana
Mahayana and the Prajnaparamita Sutras
The Five Buddha Families
A Pattern of the Universe: A Mandala
Chinese Philosophical Schools of Buddhism: Hua-yen and Tien-tai Tradition
Merging of Indian and Chinese Thought: The Chan Tradition
Simple Teachings: Amidism
Buddhist Monasticism and Training Methods
Buddhism in the West: Engaged Buddhism and the Role of Women
Buddhist texts through the ages. Edited by Edward Conze - I. B. Horner - David L. Snellgrove - Arthur Waley. London: Oneworld, 2014. 322 stran. ISBN 9781780743981. info
GOMBRICH, Richard F. What the Buddha thought. Corrected edition. Sheffield: Equinox, 2013. xv, 239. ISBN 9781845536145. info
WILLIAMS, Paul, Anthony TRIBE a Alexander WYNNE. Buddhist thought : a complete introduction to the Indian tradition. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2012. x, 271. ISBN 9780203153178. info
GOMBRICH, Richard F. Theravāda buddhism : a social history from ancient Benares to modern Colombo. Second edition. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2006. xiii, 234. ISBN 9780415365086. info
Perfection of wisdom : the short Prajñāpāramitā texts. Translated by Edward Conze. Totnes, UK: Buddhist Publishing Group, 2002. 282 stran. ISBN 0946672288. info
GETHIN, Rupert. The foundations of Buddhism. First published as an Oxford. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. xi, 333. ISBN 9780192892232. info
WILLIAMS, Paul. Mahāyāna Buddhism : the doctrinal foundations. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 1989. xii, 317. ISBN 0415025370. info