Universität Wien FIND

010078 VU Buddhism and the West (2018S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung



Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 14.05. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 4 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Dienstag 15.05. 09:00 - 14:45 Seminarraum 4 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Mittwoch 16.05. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 4 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Mittwoch 16.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 4 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 17.05. 09:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum 4 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Freitag 18.05. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 4 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The course offers an insight into the encounter between Buddhism and Western cultures. Its aims are multiple: to explore the history of Western encounters with Buddhism; to reflect the impacts that this interaction left in various aspects of Western, mainly European, cultures; to briefly outline the issues connected to the development of Western and global Buddhism. Finally, the course also explores the historical context of the development of Western Buddhist studies as an academic discipline. During the course the student will have the opportunity to explore a large variety of written as well as visual material, including films.

After completing the course, the student will be able:
• To outline key milestones in the history of Western encounters with Buddhism
• To understand main discourses of Western representation of Buddhism
• To outline key milestones in the history of the development of Buddhism in the West
• To understand the entanglements of Western Buddhist studies, its aims and discourses in the past
• To orientate oneself in scholarly literature on the topic

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Assessment and permitted materials
Presentation: 30%
The topic of presentation will be selected during the first meeting, student will present at the end of the course. Sources will be suggested by the teacher.
Interaction/class participation 20%
Final essay (2500 words) 50%
Student may suggest their own topic of essay, or choose from a list.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Basic knowledge of the history of Western encounter and study of Buddhism.
Ability to orientate oneself in scholarly literature on the topic and to sum up discussions on the subject.
Basic knowledge of requirements for designing and conducting research in this field of study.


Examination topics
Presentations by teacher create an outline for selected readings and presentations of students. Presentations, as well as a selection of study literature will be provided to the students electronically.


Reading list (selection)

Stephen Batchelor, The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture, Berkeley, Cal.: Parallax Press and London: Aquarian, Harper & Collins 1994.
Martin Baumann, „Global Buddhism: Developmental Periods, Regional Histories, and a New Analytical Perspective“, Journal of Global Buddhism 2/2001, 1-43.
Martin Brauen, Traumwelt Tibet. Westliche Trugbilder, Bern-Stuttgart-Wien: Haupt 2002.
Rick Field, How the Swans came to the Lake, Boston: Shambhala 1992.
Thierry Dodin, Heinz Räther (hrsg.), Mythos Tibet. Wahrnehmungen, Projektionen, Phantasien, Köln: DuMont 1997.
Donald Lopez, Prisoners of Shangri-la, London & Chicago: The University of Chicago Press 1998.
Donald Lopez (ed.), Curators of the Buddha. The Study of Buddhism under Colonialism, Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1995.
Charles S. Prebish – Martin Baumann (eds.), Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia, Berkeley: University of California Press 2002.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

033 195 (17W) BRP 17rwb, 066 800 M2

Letzte Änderung: Mo 14.05.2018 14:47