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THEO 342 WORLD RELIGIONS
(May 11-22, 2009)
Mon-Fri 1:00-4:45 p.m. (Alter 313)
ANNOUNCEMENT: Please note that this class will now meet in Alter 313.
THEO 342 Syllabus
Hinduism Study Guide
Buddhism Study Guide
Confucianism & Daoism Study Guide
Professor Tan's Religion Resources
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Map of the World's Major Religions
(click to download)
New York Times articles on Hinduism
13 May: Gods and Goddesses in Hinduism. Hinduism in the United States
(1) Living Religions, pp. 86-96, 105-108
(2) Being Hindu is Much Different in the U.S. than in India (International Herald Tribune, 4 September 2006).
(3) Family Ties and the Entanglements of Caste (New York Times, 24 October 2004).
(4) In a Suburb of Atlanta, a Temple Stops Traffic (New York Times, 14 July 2007).
(5) Camp Joins Summer Fun With Teaching Hindu Faith (New York Times, 21 July 2007).
(6) A Daily Round of Rituals For Boys Becoming Priests (Washington Post, 18 October 2007), p. A16.
(7) Homes With a Bit of the Homeland (Washington Post, 19 December 2007), p. A01.
Class Outline #6
POWERPOINT SLIDESHOW: Deities of Bhakti (Devotional) Hinduism
LORD GANESH'S MILK MIRACLE:
ADDITIONAL VIDEO: BBC Video Archive of the Milk Miracle
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HINDU DEITIES:
Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism
Devotionalistic Gods in Hinduism
FULLTEXTS OF PURANIC/DEVOTIONAL TEXTS:
Visnu Purana (H.H. Wilson's Classic English Translation )
Garuda Purana (Translated by Ernest Wood and S.V. Subrahmanyam)
Prem Sagur of Lallul Lal. English translation of a popular Hindi retelling of the Krishna cycle, based on the tenth book of the Bhagavata Purana (Prem Sagar).
In India, Gods Rule The 'Toon' Universe (Washington Post, 9 January 2008), p. A11
New York Times Articles About Buddhism
Map of Buddhism in Asia (Click to download)
Diamond Sutra (868 C.E.) (World's oldest printed work) (Mahayana Buddhism)
15 May: The Four Ennobling Truths. The Three Characteristics (Impermanence, Dissatisfactoriness, No-Self). Karma and Rebirth. Theravada Buddhism. Mahayana Buddhism. Emptiness, Compassion and the Bodhisattva Ideal.
(1) Living Religions, pp. 142-143, 143-147, 147-154, 154-158
(2) The Suffering of Self (by Professor David Loy)
(3) The Problem with Karma (by Professor David Loy)
Class Outline: Suffering & its Causes
Class Outline: Path to Liberation
Class Outline: Karma, No-Self, Rebirth
Class Outline: Mahayana Buddhism
Class Outline: Sunyata (Emptiness)
Twelve Links of Dependent Origination
Three Types of Practitioners in Mahayana Thought
Sevenfold Meditation On Compassion (Tibetan Buddhist Tradition)
DR. JILL BOLTE TAYLOR'S POWERFUL STROKE OF INSIGHT:
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's Official Website
FULLTEXT OF EARLY BUDDHIST SUTRAS:
Fulltext of the Four Noble Truths/Noble Eightfold Path
Questions of King Milinda
The Three Poisons, Institutionalized (by Professor David Loy)
King Milinda and his Chariot [NB: Click here to read the passage in its original scriptural context (first part of Book II, Chapter 1, 25-28)]
(IV) CONFUCIANISM & DAOISM
Chinese Religions Resources
19 May: Examination #2 (Buddhism). Introducing Chinese Civilization, Culture & Religion.
(1) Living Religions, pp. 182-185
(2) Chinese Religions (from the New Catholic Encyclopedia)
Chinese Philosophy (from the New Catholic Encyclopedia)
(4) Yin & Yang
Confucianism & Taoism: Historical Timeline
Class Outline: Ancient Chinese Religions
Class Outline: Prehistoric Chinese Religion
Class Outline: Religious Thought in the Zhou Dynasty
POWERPOINT SLIDESHOW: All Under Heaven: Introducing The Chinese Civilization
We will be watching the video documentary, A Question of Balance (from the acclaimed BBC Classics series, "The Long Search") in class today.
DAOIST SPIRIT MEDIUM IN SINGAPORE:
DAOIST SPIRIT WRITING IN TAIWAN:
RESOURCES ON CHINESE LANGUAGE:
Chinese Script and Language
Biology of Dyslexia Varies With Culture, Study Finds (New York Times, 7 September 2004)
Patents; One way to type Chinese using a cellphone keyboard (New York Times, 3 March 2003)
Correspondence/Sino-Sayings; Not-so-Ancient Chinese Proverb: Glib Truisms Gloss Over Reality (New York Times, 14 November 1999)
LETTER FROM ASIA; Japan and China: National Character Writ Large (New York Times, 14 March 2004)
As China booms, so does Mandarin in U.S. schools (USA Today, 20 November 2007), pp. 1A-2A.
Ancestor veneration at Lunar New Year Eucharist
(Chinese Catholic Community, San Jose, CA)
21 May: Laozi & the Daodejing. Zhuangzi. Contemporary Daoism.
(1) Living Religions, pp. 186-190, 195-199.
(2) Daoism (Taoism) (from the New Catholic Encyclopedia)
(3) Laozi (Lao-tzu) (from the New Catholic Encyclopedia)
(4) The Tao of Star Wars, Or, Cultural Appropriation in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. By Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. Studies in Popular Culture vol. 23 no. 1 (2000)
(5) The Tao of Star Wars (BeliefNet)
(6) Star Wars: The Force, the Tao and the Butterfly (by Paul McDonald)
EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK OF ZHUANGZI FOR CLASS DISCUSSION:
(1) From Chapter 2 of Zhuangzi: "Three in the Morning/Keeper and Monkeys" (2:6), "Beauty of Mao Qiang and Li Ji" (2:11),and "Zhuangzi's Dream (Butterfly)" (2:14)
(2) From Chapter 3 of Zhuangzi: "Cook Ding and Duke Wenhui" (3:2)
(3) From Chapter 13 of Zhuangzi: Duke Huan and Wheelwright Bian (13:9b)
(4) From Chapter 17 of Zhuangzi: Sacred or Living Tortoise? (17:11)
(5) From Chapter 18 of Zhuangzi: "Zhuangzi's Wife" (18:2)
Class Outline: Laozi and the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching)
Class Outline: Zhuangzi (Chuang-tzu)
Selections from the Book of Zhuangzi (Chuang-tzu)
FULLTEXTS OF DAODEJING
Daodejing (Mawangdui Texts A & B) [in Chinese only]
Daodejing (Guodian text) [in Chinese only]
Daodejing Wangbi text (in Chinese): Site 1 or Site 2 [NB: this is canonical text of the Daodejing]
Trilingual (Chinese/Wangbi-English-German) Fulltext (Recommended)
English Translation by Charles Muller (Recommended)
Bilingual (Chinese-English) fulltext, with the classic English translation by James Legge
FULLTEXTS OF THE BOOK OF ZHUANGZI
Bilingual (Chinese-English) fulltext, with the classic English translation by James Legge [recommended]
Burton Watson's translation of the Book of Chuang-tzu (1968) [recommended]
Selections from the Book of Zhuangzi (translated by Patricia Ebrey) [recommended]
Herbert A. Giles (1889)
James Legge (1891)
Laozi (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Daoism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Philosophical Daoism (Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Wu-Wei: Nondual Action, by David Loy (originally published in Philosophy East and West 35 (1985): 73-87)
Zhuangzi (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
22 May: Examination #3 (Confucianism & Daoism).
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