January 04, 2005

Thurman, Robert
[V2607] Buddhism: Indo-Tibetan

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Professor Thurman is amazing! He is brilliant, and there is no other way to describe him. The class was extremely interesting and eye-opening. True, he gets easily distracted by his own point of view, but that's the best part of the class! He's wickedly funny, especially if you enjoy liberal rants. But because he's so brilliant, his opinion actually makes sense. Plus he's a genius in the field and can explain things with knowledge that no one else has. Who else can tell you what the Dalai Lama says in private?! As long as you do some of the readings, you can follow what he's teaching in class, although you don't actually learn much information from him. Although i highly recommend reading Inner Revolution, which he wrote. That book is genius. Professor Yarnell was more helpful with the nitty-gritty and when you had questions about details. But the lectures are the best part of the class, despite their frequent lack of content, because they are just so entertaining!

Workload:

Weekly postings on courseworks. Don't have to read that much to post or understand the lecture. Midterm. Final paper, 6-9 pages, on any topic.