DRBU Degree Programs

Spring 2017

Reading Assignments for the First Week of Class

        

*Books and readers can be purchased from the DRBU office.

These winter reading books and readers are available at DRBU Office:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IL8dcQjDgOgWjuUMdQFl71mSF2LyQ8aOfOCwErOQvJs/pubhtml 

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

BA Year 1 Required Courses

Course Code

Course Title

LIBA 121

Western Classics I

Read p61-84 of Gilgamesh:

  • Gilgamesh, and N. K. Sandars. The Epic of Gilgamesh: An English Version with an Introd. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin, 1972. [Book]

LIBA 132

Chinese Classics I

Please read Chapter Three, Mengzi (Mencius), from Ivanhoe and Van Norden, eds., Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, pp. 115-157. [Book] *You already have this book.

LIBA 142

Rhetoric & Writing I

LIBA 152

Language: Classics Chinese II

Please complete the homework assignment in this handout. [PDF]

BA Year 2 Required Courses

Course Code

Course Title

LIBA 221

Western Classics II

Read “Antigone” from Sophocles, Robert Fagles, and Bernard Knox. The Three Theban Plays. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin, 1984. [Book] *You already have this book.

LIBA 232

Indian Classics II

The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki: An Epic of Ancient India, Vol. 1.  Ed. and Trans. Robert Goldman.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1984: Sargas 1-5, 14-16, 65 (pages 121-135, 153-158, 248-250) [Reader] *Copies available in DRBU bookstore.

LIBA 262

Sanskrit II

Review the grammar, vocabulary, and readings for chapters 1-11 in Goldman's Devavāṇīpraveśikā.  Read and take notes for chapter 12.  Make flashcards for the vocabulary in chapter 12.  [Book] *You already have this book.

LIBA 271

Mathematics

Master of Arts in Buddhist Classics

MA Year 1 Required Courses

Course Code

Course Title

BUCL 512

Pali Texts

  • Bodhi. In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pāli Canon. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2005. Chapter 1, pg 19 - 40.  [Book]
  • Reader: Padhana Sutta (SN 3.2) http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/snp.3.02.than.html
  • Reader: Discourse of the Honeyball (MN 18) 42 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.018.than.html

BUCL 522

Comparative Hermeneutics II

Hadot, Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault. Wiley-Blackwell, 1995.  [Book]

We will email the class with the chapters being assigned.

[Students entering Spring 2017] Please also read

Freud, Civilization and its Discontents  [Book]

BUCL 531

Buddhist Hermeneutics I

From the Reader:  [Reader]

  • King, Richard. Chapter 2 “Disciplining Religion.” Orientalism and Religion. Routledge, London, 1999. P35-61.
  • Jones, Lindsay. "Hermeneutics." Encyclopedia of Religion. New York: Macmillan, 2005.
  • Thurman, Robert. "Buddhist Hermeneutics." Journal of the American Academy of Religion XLVI.1 (1978): 19-39
  • Lopez, Donald S. "Introduction." Buddhist Hermeneutics. Honolulu: U of Hawaii, 1988. p1-10.
  • [For reference] Handout#1 on Buddhist Hermeneutics.

BUCL 552

Language: Sanskrit II

Review the grammar, vocabulary, and readings for chapters 1-11 in Goldman's Devavāṇīpraveśikā.  Read and take notes for chapter 12.  Make flashcards for the vocabulary in chapter 12.  [Book]

BUCL 542

Language: Classics Chinese II

Please complete the homework assignment in this handout. [PDF]

Master of Arts in Buddhist Classics

MA Year 2 Required Courses

Course Code

Course Title

BUCL 613

Lotus Sutra

Lotus Sutra. Translated from the Chinese of Kumārajiva by Tsugunari Kubo and Akira Yuyama. BDK Numata, 2007. [Book] *You already have this book.

We will email the class with the chapters being assigned.

BUCL 614

Avatamsaka Sutra

Hsüan-hua. "Introduction” and “Texts of Preface to the Flower Adornment Sutra." Flower Adornment Sutra Preface. Buddhist Text Translation Society, 1979. p1-12.  [Book] *You already have this book.

  • Please read through text of the Preface 10 times.
  • If you want to browse or delve into the commentary, so much the better, but it is not required.

BUCL 632

Buddhist Hermeneutics III

From the Reader:  [Reader] *You already have this book.

  • Reading #1. "Pañcavaggi Sutta: Five Brethren" (SN 22.59), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition).
  • Reading #2. "Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic" (SN 22.59), translated from the Pali by Ñanamoli Thera. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition).
  • Reading #3. "Sabbasava Sutta: All the Fermentations" (MN 2), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition).

BUCL 642

Language: Classical Chinese IV

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