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Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Kyoko Tokuno
SISEA 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Course content varies.

Class description

Gain critical perspectives on: historical and institutional status of the laity in Buddhism and their historical changes and regional variations throughout Asia; doctrinal premises that informed the Buddhist teachings for the laity; the role of gender and the issue of women's status in Buddhism; cultural and social factors contributing to the development of regional forms of lay Buddhism, especially in East Asia.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will run as a seminar.

Recommended preparation

Some basic familiarity with the history and doctrine of Buddhism.

Class assignments and grading

Readings (course packet); 3 review essays on select assigned readings; a paper of 15 page in length on a topic relevant to the course coverage.

Participation: 20%; 3 review essays: 30%; long paper: 50%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James W Donnen
Date: 03/08/2004