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Christ and the Bodhisattva: Comparative Theology and Buddhist Wisdom
This course provides a brief introduction to the general field of comparative theology, a basic orientation to Mahayana Buddhist teaching and practice (with a particular focus on the case of the bodhisattva through the lens of Śāntideva’s classic The Way of the Bodhisattva), and an exploration of Christian comparative reflection on these sources. We will engage several prominent theologians working in the Buddhist-Christian theological conversation and explore ways in which Christian thought and practice can be informed by comparative learning from Buddhist sources.
Students are not expected to have prior background in the study of Buddhism but they are expected to have some background in Christian theology.
Seminar expectations: reading done on time, attendance and active engagement in discussion,
Reading response papers and discussion leadership as assigned
Short Paper (6-8 pages)
Final Project: preliminary brief paper and oral presentation on final project, final paper (15-20 pages)
Class Participation brief (sat/unsat) papers and discussion leadership 20% of final grade
Short paper 6-8 pages 20% of final grade
Comparative topic exploration 3 pages and oral presentation 20% of final grade
Comparative topic final paper 15-20 pages 40% of final grade