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RELS327 Buddhist Thought

A comprehensive and critical study of the common heritage shared by all Buddhist traditions through examination of the development of Buddhist thought in the Theravada Buddhist textual tradition.

The major components of Buddhist doctrine concerning the origin and nature of the world, the self and soteriology will be examined, as well as fundamental principles of Buddhist ethics and the practical consequence of Buddhist thought in relation to current issues such as the environment. Relationships between the state and the sasana (the Buddhist religion) will be examined from the point of view of Buddhist political theory. Each of these topics will be examined through the lens of the Pali Canon, the authoritative scripture for Theravada Buddhism.

Paper title Buddhist Thought
Paper code RELS327
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level RELS or RELX points
Restriction
RELS 227, RELX 227, RELX 327
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with RELS 230 or 330 or RELX 230 or 330 passed in 2010.
Eligibility
Contact
chaisit.suwanvarangkul@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Chaisit Suwanvarangkul
Paper Structure
This paper is divided into six study units:
  • Finding a Teacher
  • Dependent Arising
  • Psychology and the Self
  • Buddhist Metaphysics
  • Buddhist Epistemology
  • Buddhist Society
Assessment:
  • Two written assignments (2,000 words) - 25% each
  • Online discussion - 10%
  • Two-hour examination - 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Weekly lectures
Distance: Online discussion
Textbooks
John J. Holder (editor and translator). Early Buddhist Discourses (Indianapolis & Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 2006).
Course outline
View a sample course outline for RELS 327
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Ethics, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:
  • The origin and early development of Buddhist Thought in India
  • The early suttas that contain this material
  • The distinctive ideas and practices in these suttas
  • The critical literature on Buddhist Thought
Skills:
  • The ability to locate and critically analyse the teachings in early Buddhist texts
  • The ability to research topics using academic texts, journals and other media
  • The ability to defend an argument using a variety of methods in writing
  • The ability to use the critical literature on Buddhist Thought to support an argument

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

A comprehensive and critical study of the common heritage shared by all Buddhist traditions through examination of the development of Buddhist thought in the Theravada Buddhist textual tradition.

The major components of Buddhist doctrine concerning the origin and nature of the world, the self and soteriology will be examined, as well as fundamental principles of Buddhist ethics and the practical consequence of Buddhist thought in relation to current issues such as the environment. Relationships between the state and the sasana (the Buddhist religion) will be examined from the point of view of Buddhist political theory. Each of these topics will be examined through the lens of the Pali Canon, the authoritative scripture for Theravada Buddhism.

Paper title Buddhist Thought
Paper code RELS327
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level RELS or RELX points
Restriction
RELS 227, RELX 227, RELX 327
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with RELS 230 or 330 or RELX 230 or 330 passed in 2010.
Eligibility
Contact
chaisit.suwanvarangkul@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Chaisit Suwanvarangkul
Paper Structure
This paper is divided into six study units:
  • Finding a Teacher
  • Dependent Arising
  • Psychology and the Self
  • Buddhist Metaphysics
  • Buddhist Epistemology
  • Buddhist Society
Assessment:
  • Two written assignments (2,000 words) - 25% each
  • Online discussion - 10%
  • Two-hour examination - 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Weekly lectures
Distance: Online discussion
Textbooks
John J. Holder (editor and translator). Early Buddhist Discourses (Indianapolis & Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 2006).
Course outline
View a sample course outline for RELS 327
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Ethics, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:
  • The origin and early development of Buddhist Thought in India
  • The early suttas that contain this material
  • The distinctive ideas and practices in these suttas
  • The critical literature on Buddhist Thought
Skills:
  • The ability to locate and critically analyse the teachings in early Buddhist texts
  • The ability to research topics using academic texts, journals and other media
  • The ability to defend an argument using a variety of methods in writing
  • The ability to use the critical literature on Buddhist Thought to support an argument

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41