Prerequisite PALI 1151 or permission of instructor.
Course Objectives This course may be repeated with altered content. Readings are selected in relation to student and instructor research interests, and are intended to develop reading and translation skills for working with Pali materials across several genres, periods of composition, and places of origin,
Asian Studies ASIAN 4438/6638: Monks, Texts, and Relics This course examines the ways in which Asian Buddhist communities were (and perhaps are) formed through the import-export of monks, texts, and relics, as part of a trade in "orthodoxy," symbolic capital, and magical power. We look at diverse contexts in which such import-export crossed, and shaped, political and other social boundaries in southern Asia, while reflecting on how this approach to the study of Buddhist histories relates to intellectual trajectories in Buddhist Studies, History, and Southeast Asian Studies.