Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Studies

BDST1602 Introduction to Buddhism

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: RLST2610, RLST2609 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (30%), 1xtutorial Oral Presentation (15%), 1x1000wd tutorial paper (20%), 1x1500wd exam (25%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces Buddhist traditions from their Indian origins to developments elsewhere in Asia, such as Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand and Cambodia, and Mahayana and Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism in Tibet, China, Korea and Japan. Students will study literary, philosophical, social, cultural, artistic and contemplative expressions of Buddhism, and are introduced to academic approaches within Buddhist Studies. Emphasis is laid upon understanding Buddhist writings and practices in larger doctrinal, historical and cultural contexts.
BDST2612 Buddhist Meditation Practices

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from BDST, ANTH, ASNS, BBCL, GCST, RLST, PHIL1011, PHIL1013 and SCLG Prohibitions: RLST2623 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (30%), 1x1000wd tutorial written paper (20%), 1xTutorial presentation (15%), 1x1500wd exam (25%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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.
BDST2613 Zen and Chan Buddhism

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from ANTH, ASNS, BBCL,CHNS, GCST, RLST, PHIL1011, PHIL1013 or SCLG Assessment: 1x1250wd mid semester draft (25%), 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 500wd) (10%), 1x1750wd research essay (35%), 1x1000wd mid semester test (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the thought and practice of Zen (Japanese) and Chan (Chinese) Buddhism. In the first part of the unit we examine the formation of Chan Buddhism in China. In the second half we focus on two major figures in the history of Japanese Zen (Dogen and Hakuin). We then turn to key transitions in the 20th century.
BDST2616 The Buddha's Words

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from BDST, ANTH, ASNS, BBCL, GCST, RLST, PHIL1011, PHIL1013 and SCLG Prohibitions: ASNS2624, ASNS2622 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (30%), 1x1000wd tutorial written paper (20%), 1xTutorial presentation (15%), 1x1500wd exam (25%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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.
BDST3611 Buddhist Philosophical Traditions

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2,Summer Early Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Senior credit points from Buddhist Studies) or (12 Senior credit points of Asian Studies) or (12 Senior credit points of Studies in Religion or World Religions) or (12 Senior credit points from Philosophy) Prohibitions: ASNS2621 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (30%), 1x1000wd tutorial written paper (20%), 1xTutorial presentation (15%), 1x1500wd exam (25%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides a history of Buddhist ideas. It begins by introducing basic Buddhist teachings before moving on to their later philosophical systematization. Students are introduced to the assumptions of traditional scholasticism and the methods of comparative philosophy in exploring Buddhist approaches to such issues as selfhood, ethics, being and knowledge, and language and conceptuality. A key focus is on how ideas originally formulated in an Indian Buddhist milieu were later transformed and elaborated upon in Tibet, China and Japan.
BDST4001 Buddhist Studies Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Allon Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Two seminars that meet once a week for two hours. Assessment: 1x18,000-20,000 word thesis (60%) and 2x6,000-8,000 words of written work, or its equivalent (40%) OR 6,000-8,000 words of written work, or its equivalent, plus one Asian Studies or Studies in Religion Honours first semester (methodology) seminar Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Honours program in Buddhist Studies consists of:
1. a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff
2. two seminars that meet weekly for two hours for one semester.
Students may take the two seminars in their first semester or one in each semester.
The thesis should be of 18000-20000 words in length. Each seminar requires 6000-8000 words of written work or its equivalent.
The thesis is worth 60% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 20%.
The following seminars are on offer in 2014: Departmental Methodology (Dr Wendi Adamek and Dr Mark Allon), Departmental Coursework (Dr Wendi Adamek and Dr Mark Allon)
For more information, contact Dr Mark Allon, Honours Coordinator.
BDST4002 Buddhist Studies Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to BDST4001
BDST4003 Buddhist Studies Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to BDST4001
BDST4004 Buddhist Studies Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to BDST4001