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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Buddhism Asian Languages and Cultures 60, Spring 2008 Instructor: Dr. William Chu Office hours: Humanities 360; (310)267- 5852; TR 4:45-6:00 pm, and by appointment The focus and approach of the course Waitlist situation Grading: --Midterm examination: 35% --Final examination: 35% --Writing Assignment: 30% --Class/Section Participation: You will not be penalized for choosing not to participate, but your participation would be rewarded. Extra credit of up to 5% will be applied to your final grade at both the professor and T.A.’s discretion (During lectures, names of those who respond to the professor’s questions or invitation for discussion will be kept in a record. In addition, the T.A.’s will make recommendations to the professor about notable active participants and moderate participants in the discussion sections. In order to meaningfully participate during both the lecture and the discussion section, you should read all assigned readings before their designated due dates) Explain the nature of the exams T.A.’s Seong-Uk Kim ( [email protected] ) Sumi Lee ( [email protected] ) Writing Assignment A paper project of 7-9 pages on the designated topic (see syllabus) should be turned in to your T.A. before or on the day of the final examination Grading criteria: How extensive and relevant are your citations (you only need the required readings, but lecture notes are not acceptable as a source of citation); How clear, accurate, and structured are your arguments and presentations Required Readings --Rupert Gethin. The Foundations of Buddhism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998 (Available for purchase at the ASUCLA textbook center; this reading assignment is henceforth marked as “Gethin”) --Academic Course Reader (Available for purchase at Course Reader Material on the east side of Broxton Ave. (cross street Kinross Ave.) in Westwood Village; this reading assignment is henceforth marked as “Reader”) -- Online reading (See the section on “Reading Assignments and Important Dates”) Ecampus Ecampus Course Website: http://ecampus.humnet.ucla.edu/ Slides will be posted before and after lectures A few of the online readings will be posted Buddhist Epistemology The Discourse on 'Everything' "Monks, I will preach to you 'everything‘„What„is 'everything'? Eye and material form, ear and sound, nose and odour, tongue and taste, body and tangibles, mind and concepts. These are called 'everything‘„ He who would say, 'I will reject this everything and proclaim another everything', he may certainly have a theory (of his own). But when questioned, he would not be able to answer and would, moreover, be subject to vexation....
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ASIAN AM 60 taught by Professor Williamchu during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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