ANS 384 • Rebirth and Karma: New Interpretations-W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
This course examines rebirth and the karma theory in several traditions within the South Asian context. Although many aspects are shared, many more differ from each other, such as the Jains, the Hindus, and the Buddhists, in important ways. Transitions and changes in these concepts constitute the main focus of discussions whether within the philosophical or anthropological interpretations. Selections from original texts in translation illustrate aptly either karma as cosmic dust or an immaterial mechanism propelling itself or being set in motion by a supramundane force. The students, by gaining a grasp of the principles of rebirth and karma are better equipped in approaching the study of Indian culture from within rather than from without.
Attendance & participation in discussion (15%). Three exams (each 10%, total 30%) Response Essays (1-2 pages, 15%) Paper proposal (10%) is due in class March 23 Research paper 12-15 pages (30%), 18-20 pages graduate students, due in class April 20
Jaini, Padmanabh S. 2000. Some Aspects of Karma Theory. In Collected papers on Jaina Studies. New Delhi. Motilal Banarsidass. Neufelt, R.W. (ed.) 1986. Karma and Rebirth: Post Classical developments. SUNY. O'Flaherty, Wendy Doniger (ed.) 1983. Karma and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions. New Delhi. Motilal Banarsidass. Seneviratne, 2004. Imagining Karma. Berkeley. UCP.