[Buddha-l] Book Recommendations for Undergrad Course
gruenig at tulane.edu
Tue Jun 16 20:10:25 MDT 2009
Dear Buddha-l Denizens,
I'm working on re-designing an undergrad philosophy course on Buddhism (which has no pre-requisites) and am contemplating text options. This course attracts a lot of non-majors seeking to fulfill a "non-western humanities" requirement, so I hesitate to use texts which will be stultifying to newcomers and non-philosophers. I'd be interested and grateful to hear about texts that anyone here can recommend as engaging for such mixed undergrad classes. I'll likely include sections on:
- Early Buddhism (Theravada);
- Mahayana Buddhism (Ch'an/Zen); and
- Vajrayana Buddhism (Gelugpa-Prasangika-Madhyamaka / Nyingma-Dzogchen).
For each, I'd like to include:
- Translations of traditional texts
- Academic discussions of these texts and traditions
- Practitioner discussions
- Philosophical discussions
Any favorites / recommendations?
Hans W. Gruenig, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy
New Orleans, LA 70118
More information about the buddha-l