The Dalai Lamas, Reincarnation and Buddhism

This course provides an introduction to the lives of the 14 Dalai Lamas who have lived from 1391 to today, with insights on reincarnation and other fundamental Buddhist principles. DAY AND EVENING

“Thinking of ourselves as somehow special isolates us. I don’t dwell on being the Dalai Lama, I think of myself as just another human being.” — Dalai Lama

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is among the most revered figures on Earth. The Dalai Lama describes himself as “a simple Buddhist monk.” How did Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, ascend from his birth in a cowshed to becoming one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the world? Why are he and the Dalai Lamas who preceded him considered bodhisattvas—enlightened beings reborn out of compassion for humanity’s suffering? Sravana Borkataky Varma, Ph.D., addresses these questions and explores the lives of the 14 Dalai Lamas of Tibet who lived from 1391 to today. This course also shares insights on the concept of reincarnation and other central tenets of Buddhism.

Image: The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso in Antwerp, Belgium in 2006. (Wikimedia)

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1204.F18.2 Sravana Borkataky-Varma On-campus 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018
GHUM1204.F18.1 Sravana Borkataky-Varma On-campus 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018

SECTION: GHUM1204.F18.2
INSTRUCTOR: Sravana Borkataky-Varma
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 10-11:30 a.m.
START DATE: Oct. 03, 2018

Instructor: Sravana Borkataky-Varma

Sravana Borkataky-Varma, Ph.D., is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She has taught at Rice University, the University of Houston and Dalian Neusoft University in China. Dr. Borkataky-Varma holds a doctorate in religious studies from Rice University and a master’s degree in Buddhist studies from Delhi University in India and specializes in Hindu tantra: religion, gender and Kundalini yoga. Her articles can be found in Religions and in journals published by Springer.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Oct. 03, 2018

End Date: Nov. 14, 2018

Schedule: 10-11:30 a.m.

Length: Six Wednesdays (no class Oct. 31)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by Sept. 19

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

Instructor: Sravana Borkataky-Varma

Sravana Borkataky-Varma, Ph.D., is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She has taught at Rice University, the University of Houston and Dalian Neusoft University in China. Dr. Borkataky-Varma holds a doctorate in religious studies from Rice University and a master’s degree in Buddhist studies from Delhi University in India and specializes in Hindu tantra: religion, gender and Kundalini yoga. Her articles can be found in Religions and in journals published by Springer.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Oct. 03, 2018

End Date: Nov. 14, 2018

Schedule: 7-8:30 p.m.

Length: Six Wednesdays (no class Oct. 31)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by Sept. 19

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

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