Religion and Spirituality

Buddhist Life in Community: Monastic and Tantric Sangha in South Asian Scripture

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

The purpose of this seminar is to identify and reflect upon ethical principles of life in community, as articulated in the historical Buddhist monastic code, and then in Tantric scripture. We will spend the first half of the semester reading the English translation of the full Pali Vinaya. In the second half we will compare several Indian and Tibetan tantric works which refer to principles of community living. Among the themes for discussion will be notions of human anatomy and gender; bodily practices for living with others; material substances and possessions; honesty and...

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