Course Memo

Examination of a topic of instructor’s choice from the history of Buddhist thought; course may be repeated for credit, if topic is different. SPRING 2023 topic: Buddhist Women's Liberating Power. We will explore gender and power dynamics in several Buddhist traditions as women pursue enlightenment. How do they wield power despite structures of systematic oppression? What insights can women offer about liberating power? We will examine the contributions and concerns of women in various cultural contexts (Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and North American) and time periods (ancient through modern). Critical analysis of practices, texts, and hermeneutical schemes that foster misogyny and liberate women will guide our journey. Special attention will be given to laying a theoretical foundation in the construction of gender in each cultural and religious context encountered. [15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]