RLB76 "Hollywood" Buddhism

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2008
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. PhDr. Luboš Bělka, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Dušan Lužný, Dr.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Lucie Čelková
Tue 15:00–16:35 B32
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 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/30, only registered: 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course deals with Euro-American fascination by "Tibet", "Buddhism" and generally speaking "Orient". Earlier in the history, Tibet was seen in a rather negative context, mediated first of all by reports of Christian missionaries or by biased ideological interpretations. For today s "Western" view idealisation is typical, and it is represented in films, music and literature. In theory we can speak of the phenomenon of "Orientalism" in the reflection of Tibetan Buddhism, which is projected into films and novels. The course mainly deals with the analysis of these novels and films. After theoretical and methodological introduction selected films and novels are critically analysed (Lost Horizon, Kundun, Seven Years in Tibet, The Cup, Himalaya-Caravane, Little Buddha, Anna and the King etc.)
Syllabus (in Czech)
  • 1. úvodní hodina 2. projekce ukázek z filmu Ztracený obzor 3. přednáška a rozprava k filmu Ztracený obzor 4. projekce dokumentárního filmu Hledání Šangri-la 5. projekce ukázek z filmu Kundun 6. přednáška a rozprava k filmu Kundun 7. projekce ukázek z filmu Sedm let v Tibetu 8. projekce ukázek z filmu Malý Buddha 9. přednáška a rozprava k filmům Sedm let v Tibetu a Malý Buddha 10. projekce dokumentárních filmů k tématu Tibet v Čechách a na Moravě, seminář, diskuse 11. projekce ukázek z filmu Pohár a rozprava 12. závěrečná kolokviální rozprava, ukončení kursu
  • SCHELL, Orville. Virtual Tibet :searching for Shangri-la from the Himalayas to Hollywood. 1st ed. New York: Metropolitan books, 2000. 340 s. ISBN 0-8050-4381-0. info
  • Fascinácia a (ne)poznanie: kultúrne strety Západu a Východu. Edited by Martin Slobodník - Gabriel Pirický. Vyd. 1. Bratislava: Chronos, 2003. 200 s. ISBN 8089027083. info
  • Imagining Tibet : perceptions, projections, & fantasies. Edited by Thierry Dodin - Heinz Räther. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2001. xiii, 465. ISBN 0861711912. info
  • LOPEZ, Donald S. Prisoners of Shangri-La : Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998. x, 283. ISBN 0226493105. info
  • LENOIR, Frédéric. Setkávání buddhismu se západem. Vyd. 1. Praha: Volvox Globator, 2002. 334 s. ISBN 8072074962. info
Assessment methods (in Czech)
Vstupní podmínky kolokvia: referát odevzdaný v písemné podobě.
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.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2006, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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