November 08, 2004

Thurman, Robert
[V2607] Buddhism: Indo-Tibetan

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

While I am a huge fan of Professor Thurman, and find his lectures entertaining, and occasionally inspiring, if I could do it over again I would not have taken the class. I know a lot of people love the class, I just want to give an opposing view. If you're the type of person that finds yourself asking "okay. so what?" in classes, who wants to learn useful material, this probably isn't the class for you. I was hoping for more of Buddhist theory that might be applied to everyday life and how Buddhism functions today rather than a painstaking account of every detail of Buddhist history which I found extremely boring. Silly me. If you're charmed by Professor Thurman's irreverance and humor, don't be fooled. The required reading list is also absurd. I must have spent over $350 for this one class.

Workload:

Weekly postings on the 100-350 pages of sort-of required readings, one mid-term, one final paper 9-12 pages.