How have Tibetan Buddhists understood the teachings of the Buddha? What practices did they develop to reach the goal of enlightenment in a single lifetime?
Join professor of Buddhist Studies, Dr. Constance Kassor, and a global cohort of students, for this unique opportunity to explore the rich and multifaceted history of Tibetan Buddhism.
How do we study the history of Tibetan Buddhism?
Over the course of four modules, we will attempt to answer these questions by studying the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet, its institutionalization and politicization, and its continued spread around the globe within the last century. In addition to studying the history of Tibetan Buddhism, we will also explore key beliefs and practices related to emptiness, compassion, and tantric meditation. Students in this course will develop a multifaceted understanding of Tibetan Buddhism, exploring this rich and fascinating tradition from multiple perspectives.
Module 1 — Tibetan Buddhist History
Module 2 — The Schools of Tibetan Buddhism
Module 3 — Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy
Module 4 — Tibetan Buddhist Practices
January 3 - 28, 2022 (4 Weeks)
4 Pre-Recorded Lectures (90 min each)
Each lecture releases at the beginning of each week, and students can view them anytime thereafter. Each Module also includes: recommended weekly readings, a PDF handout, and optional quiz.
4 Weekly Live Zoom Q&A Sessions (90 min each)*
Fridays @ 12-1:30 pm Pacific Time (California)
Dates: January 7, 14, 21, and 28
*ALL LIVE SESSIONS WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM, AND WILL BE RECORDED FOR LATER VIEWING.
Students enrolled in this course will receive:
4 pre-recorded video lectures + audio recordings (90 min each)
4 live Zoom Q&A sessions + recordings (90 min each)
4 BSO Credits
Course Syllabus (PDF)
Weekly Readings (PDF)
4 Weekly Handouts (PDF)
4 Weekly Quizzes
Access to private Community forum
Certificate of Completion (PDF)
Dr. Constance Kassor
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lawrence University in Wisconsin
Dr. Constance Kassor is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, where she teaches courses on Buddhist thought and Asian religious traditions. Prior to joining the Lawrence faculty in 2016, she taught Buddhist Studies at Smith College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, and the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal.
Connie’s research primarily focuses on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, and she is interested in different ways that Tibetan Buddhist scholars understand the cultivation of knowledge. Her forthcoming book, Accounting for Awakened Awareness, examines the nature of knowledge through the lens of the 15th century philosopher Gorampa Sonam Senge. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Connie is also currently translating Gorampa’s extensive Madhyamaka treatise, Synopsis of Madhyamaka (dbu ma’i spyi don) into English, in collaboration with Khenpo Dr. Ngawang Jorden, principal and abbot of the International Buddhist Academy in Nepal.
Connie has spent several years living, working, and teaching in Buddhist communities in India and Nepal. In addition to her scholarly publications, she has written for Lion’s Roar and Tricycle, and has recently published an audio course for The Great Courses and Audible, titled Religious Lessons from Asia to the World. She is currently preparing a video course for The Great Courses, titled Tibet: History, Culture, and Religion, scheduled to be released in 2023.
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