All readings in this schedule should ideally be completed by the day under which they are listed, although this requirement is only assessed during TRAs and team Application Exercises. All numbers in the schedule are page numbers unless otherwise noted.
CAUTION: I reserve the right to make revisions to on-line materials prior to their discussion in class at the relevant point in the semester. Therefore WAIT until that time to print out materials you wish to have on hand, such as terms, excerpts and assignment guidelines.
Unit 3a: Pre-Historic & Early Medieval Tibet & Southeast Asia (1st - 12th century CE)
|Tue, Nov 6
& Thu, Nov 8
orientation to readings
*Unit 2 Guided
FIND TERMS & EXCERPTS from the reading guide in these primary sources:
FIND *TERMS from the reading guide in these overviews:
BROWSE on-line information regarding similar contemporary practices:
|Mon, Nov 12||Veteran's Day||thank a veteran! (campus closed)|
|Tue, Nov 13||
#3a DUE by 11:30 am
Application Exercise 3a
(same as above)
|Thu, Nov 15||
Application Exercise 3a
PREPARE NOTES addressing the following focus:
Rakeesha is one of the more enthusiastic participants in OCSS City Repair's youth programs. As a result of her trip to Mount Shasta and her ongoing participation in the nature immersion program, she has come to realize the value of both time for reflection and a community of people with which to reflect. Now she is feeling drawn to connect more deeply to one of the communities of religious people that she sees around her, to develop habits of reflection that strengthen her community ties.
Knowing that you have studied Asian forms of religious reflection that strengthen community, she consults you to help her decide between three options she is considering:
A. a friend of Rakeesha who is part of the Church of the Later Day Saints (LDS) has invited her to go on a road trip to visit Canyon de Chelly, an important Native American site of the Southwest, and the great LDS temples of Utah & surrounding states. (She wouldn't be able to see the inside of the temples unless she converts, which she's not sure about yet, but she is interested in seeing these sites all the same.)
B. Rakeesha's brother attends a weekly Muslim prayer group that involves extended chanting of the many names of God found in the Qur'an. She has heard him talk about how much peace and compassion he experiences from this practice.
C. a friend of hers from high school has been going to a local synagogue to study Midrash, the detailed explanations of ancient Jewish sages regarding the many fascinating stories found in the Hebrew Bible (wha Christians call "The Old Testament"). Rakeesha doesn't know if she would want to or could even convert to being Jewish, but she does have a lot of questions about the Bible stories she's heard her grandmother tell.
Having heard from you that the practices of these traditions share certain features with Southeast Asian Buddhist practices, Rakeesha asks for your advice about what she should try first.
YOUR NOTES: Gather evidence from the sources associated with the three medieval Southeast Asian practices assigned for this unit (see reading guide) that helps you evaluate WHICH OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS RAKEESHA SHOULD TRY FIRST, given that her GOAL is to find some form of religious reflection that reinforces the community of people who reflect.
*MAKE SURE TO CITE PAGE NUMBER(S) FOR EACH EXAMPLE*
|Tue, Nov 20
& Thu, Nov 22
|Thanksgiving Week||**NO CLASS**--> prepare turkey, or vegetarian substitute : )|