Buddhist Meditation Practices (BDST2612)


This unit critically examines the place of meditative practices within Asian and Western Buddhist traditions, introducing students to the social, cultural and historical contexts in which these practices emerged and developed, as well as their theoretical and doctrinal underpinnings. Issues explored include the notion of 'pure experience' and its relation to conceptuality and language, the role of ethics, and the relation between meditative practice and philosophical analysis. Methodological issues in the academic study of meditative experience will also be introduced.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2000wd Essay (30%), 1x1000wd tutorial written paper (20%), 1xTutorial presentation (15%), 1x1500wd exam (25%), Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from (BDST or ANTH or ASNS or BBCL or GCST or RLST or PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 or SCLG)



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