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TMST 8539 Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Practice (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

Philosophical concepts and meditative and ritual practices of the Tantric Buddhism of Tibet (Vajrayana). Includes early Buddhist and Mahayana philosophical foundations of Tantric Buddhism, connections between philosophy and sacred story, nature of mind and the transformative potential of the human being, visionary practices, meditation theory, inner yogas, unities of wisdom and means, and the feminine divine in cultural context. We explore Tibetan philosophy and praxis through writings of modern Buddhist studies scholars and Tibetan lamas. Weekly writing, midterm, final papers.

Instructor(s): John J. Makransky

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO3506


Last Updated: 24-Jun-17