January 09, 2005

Thurman, Robert
[V2607] Buddhism: Indo-Tibetan

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

Thurman is a hilarious guy. No doubts. Anyone who loves I heart Huckabees has got to at least drop in on a class with him. If you'd like to take a class where you sit in on a ramble-session on buddhism with a funny professor who has no end of buddha-lessons and bush-wacking, go for it. If you are interested in getting any historical, cultural or ideological perspective on the indo-tibetan tradition, skip it, because you won't get what you're searching for. I took Introduction to Asian Religions first semester of my freshman year, and I gained little to nothing tangible to add to my knowledge of Buddhism from Thurman's class. I wanted to get some kind of a history of the religion, or at least an interesting exploration of its syncretism with other traditions, but all I got was some funny quotes in my notebook.

Workload:

In-class midterm exam (short answers), one final paper (7-9 pages), and weekly postings in response to the readings (this last is total bs but extremely annoying).