Courses

BSTD 508: Buddhist Philosophical Traditions II

This is a series of specialized courses in Buddhist philosophy and scriptural interpretation. The aim of this series is to deepen the knowledge of complex Buddhist philosophical topics and their relations to the broader field of Buddhist studies. Course readings are primarily classical Indian treatises and their Indo-Tibetan commentaries in areas of classical Buddhist philosophy, such as Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and Yogācāra thought.

BSTD 604: Buddhist Philosophical Traditions III

This is a series of specialized courses in Buddhist philosophy and scriptural interpretation. The aim of this series is to deepen the knowledge of complex Buddhist philosophical topics and their relations to the broader field of Buddhist studies. Course readings are primarily classical Indian treatises and their Indo-Tibetan commentaries in areas of classical Buddhist philosophy, such as Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and Yogācāra thought.

BSTD 601: Specialized Textual and Historical Studies

This course is a study in a relevant area of the larger topical background within which the student’s thesis will be located. The topic of study is chosen by the student in consultation with the Thesis Supervisor. The course is an opportunity for the student to acquire a broad knowledge of the historical, social, and religious background for the thesis topic in order to properly contextualize the narrower field within which the actual thesis research takes place.

BSTD 602: Guided Studies

This course is a specialized study in the topic of the thesis during which the student is familiarized with the relevant primary and secondary literature in the area of study. The student is guided in the textual study by the Thesis Supervisor and, during weekly meetings, the wide variety of methodological approaches to the field of Buddhist Studies such as philology, historiography, philosophy, textual criticism, sociology, anthropology, art history, etc.

BSTD 610: MA Thesis

The thesis should represent a thorough knowledge of Buddhism and demonstrate the ability to engage with primary source material for research purposes. By August 1st of the year after enrolling in the MA program (approximately 11 months after enrollment), the student must submit a Thesis Proposal (approx. 1,800 words), developed in collaboration with the Thesis Supervisor, for approval by the Graduate Committee at CBS. In order to proceed to the third semester of study it is a requirement that this committee approves the thesis proposal.

TSTD 701: Buddhist Philosophical Traditions I

This is a series of specialized courses in Buddhist philosophy and scriptural interpretation taught by Khenpos and Lopons (monastic professors). The aim of this series is to deepen the knowledge of complex Buddhist philosophical topics and their relations to the broader field of Buddhist studies and apply more nuanced analyses of the primary source texts studied. Course readings are primarily classical Sanskrit treatises and their Tibetan commentaries in areas such as Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and Yogācāra thought.

TSTD 702: Buddhist Philosophical Traditions II

This is a series of specialized courses in Buddhist philosophy and scriptural interpretation taught by Khenpos and Lopons (monastic professors). The aim of this series is to deepen the knowledge of complex Buddhist philosophical topics and their relations to the broader field of Buddhist studies and apply more nuanced analyses of the primary source texts studied. Course readings are primarily classical Sanskrit treatises and their Tibetan commentaries in areas such as Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and Yogācāra thought.

TSTD 703: Advanced Buddhist Readings I - Sanskrit

These courses are readings undertaken by students individually with the help of a Sanskrit Instructor. The texts read in this course are normally classical texts from the Sanskrit literary traditions but may include other traditions and genres of Sanskrit literature relevant for understanding Buddhist texts in their South Asian context. The courses are designed to help students develop the ability to read, interpret and translate complex Buddhist material in Sanskrit.

TSTD 704: Advanced Buddhist Readings II - Sanskrit

These courses are readings undertaken by students individually with the help of a Sanskrit Instructor. The texts read in this course are normally classical texts from the Sanskrit literary traditions but may include other traditions and genres of Sanskrit literature relevant for understanding Buddhist texts in their South Asian context. The courses are designed to help students develop the ability to read, interpret and translate complex Buddhist material in Sanskrit.

BSTD 705: Methodology Seminar I

The Methodology Seminars are courses on translation method and include discussion of issues such as target language style, audience, translation policy, cultural context, variant meanings, consistency in usage, issues in translation studies and handling translation problems. Also discussed in these courses are the methodological issues involved in translating religious texts in general and Buddhist texts in particular.

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