Topics in Indian Buddhist Texts: Daily Life in India from around the Turn of the Common Era Onwards
|Unit(s): 3.0||Level(s): Graduate||Term(s): Winter||Offered?: Yes|
This seminar is designed to provide an overview of the sources available for the study of daily life in Indian Buddhist monasteries. Students will be introduced to a wide range of research tools and approaches (including archaeological, art-historical, epigraphical, literary, and textual/philological) in the study of Indian Buddhism. Students will be expected to become familiar with a variety of sources: from Buddhist texts such as the Pāli canon, early Mahāyāna sūtras and monastic law codes to travel records, Sanskrit drama, archaeological reports, and early graffiti. In addition to a research essay, students may be required to submit short, critical response papers on a regular basis, and occasional assignments relating to the use of specialised research tools.