[Buddha-l] Book Recommendations for Undergrad Course

Gruenig, Hans 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?

Many thanks,

Hans W. Gruenig, Ph.D.
Tulane University
Department of Philosophy
New Orleans, LA 70118

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