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