January 23, 2002

Thurman, Robert
[V2607] Buddhism: Indo-Tibetan

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

Let's cut all the hype right now. If you don't have a previous background in Buddhism, Thurman's lectures provide you with no context and are often filled with absolute anti-West drivel and an auto-erotic homage to his ego. Thurman, an incredibly smart thinker, wastes away much of class time on I don't know what, but at the end of the class, I had hardly learned anything. Don't need to do the reading after the midterm.

Workload:

Midterm, final paper on topic of your choice (8-10 pp). Relatively light workload. Midterm is very easy.