Review Comment

V2607 Indo-Tibetan Buddhism

November 16, 2004

Thurman, Robert
V2607 Indo-Tibetan Buddhism

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As previous critics have said, Professor Thurman's class is certainly overrated. Thurman is an extremely intriguing man who clearly has had an adventurous life, but he doesn't quite fit into the classroom lecture scene. Most of the class is spent reading aloud many of the elaborately detailed Buddhist texts - it's quite hard to pay attention. Most of the students appear to be taking the class because Professor Thurman is infact a famous guy (not to mention Uma's father). People are definitely entertained and Thurman is very entertaining (esp his rants on pop culture and MOVIES...). The TAs are pretty arrogant - at least when it comes to the mandatory regurgitation in the midterm exam. Yes you do learn a thing or two about Buddhism but the lack of structure and lucrative discussion leaves you lost in a sea of philosophical confusion.

Workload:

One midterm, weekly postings on readings (not sure how they grade these), one final paper.

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