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140122 VO Introduction to Indian Esoteric Buddhism (2019S)

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Sprache: Englisch

Prüfungstermine

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 04.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 11.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 18.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 25.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 01.04. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 08.04. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Held by Dr. Péter-Dániel Szántó (All Souls College, Oxford University)
for contact please use szantopeterdaniel@gmail.com

The goal of the lecture is to give a digestible yet thorough introduction to Indian Tantric/Esoteric Buddhism, with special reference to its later manifestations as a self-standing soteriology (ca. 7th to 13th c. CE).

We will first discuss the very definition of esoteric Buddhism and the difficulties associated with this enterprise. I will then give a comprehensive overview of the religion's history both from the modern/scholarly and traditional view. I will then turn to literary expressions, problems of handling our sources, and technologies of tantric practice. We will also examine the issue of royal patronage both from the theoretical view and actual evidence, discussing themes such as how a tantric community was organised and funded.

The lecture will be based on an extended handout with about a quarter of the time dedicated to discussing specific questions tailored to the audience's interest. Student are encouraged to be active participants.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The grading (if some wish to gain credit) will be based on an oral examination. Since my time in Vienna is limited, these exams will be by appointment towards the middle of April. Activity during the lecture will also be taken into account. Further readings will be suggested during the lecture.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

There are no special prerequisites. Some knowledge of Sanskrit, Classical Tibetan will be useful.

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur

There are no special prerequisites. Some knowledge of Sanskrit, Classical Tibetan will be useful, as well consulting the following articles:

Tribe, Anthony. Mantranaya/Vajrayāna – tantric Buddhism in India. In Williams, Paul (with Anthony Tribe) Buddhist Thought. A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition (192-244, 271-276). London: Routledge, 2000.

Sanderson, Alexis. The Śaiva Age — The rise and dominance of Śaivism during the early medieval period. In Einoo, Shingo (Ed). Genesis and Development of Tantrism (pp. 41-349). Tokyo: Institute of Oriental Culture, 2009, especially the sections devoted to the relations between Śaivism and Esoteric Buddhism.

Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism vol. 1 (entries related to tantric Buddhism)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

BA13, EC-1/3, MATB4

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:34