February 13, 2002

Thurman, Robert
[V2607] Buddhism: Indo-Tibetan

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

The previous reviewer nailed it - this class is overrated. Obviously Thurman knows his stuff and is very articulate, whenever he happens to get around to discussing the topic. Nearly half of the class time is spent answering students questions (yawn) and a great chunk is devoted to Thurman's political/social/spiritual/anti-capitalistic diatribes du jour. Sure he has cool friends and is very entertaining and *enlightening* (if you've had your head under a rock for the past decade) but learning about Buddhism??! you're on your own kid.

Workload:

Midterm, final paper, weekly bulletin board submissions. Lots and lots of books to buy which you rarely discuss thoroughly or even at all. Buy used, borrow, steal, or share.