The Buddha's Words (BDST2616)


This unit introduces Buddhist texts and the ways they have been used, understood and interpreted. Beginning with the Buddha's discourses in India and their eventual composition in written form and transmission across Asia, it addresses the communication and function of Buddhist teachings in oral, textual and visual form, as well as Buddhist attitudes to language and representation. Students will study selected Buddhist texts in translation from a variety of genres such as philosophical treatises, commentary, poetry and narrative.

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x1000wd tutorial written paper (20%), 1x tutorial presentation (15%), 1x 1500wd exam (25%), tutorial participation (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 junior credit points from BDST, ANTH, ASNS, BBCL, GCST, RLST, PHIL1011, PHIL1013 and SCLG


ASNS2624, ASNS2622

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