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2011 Institute > Week 3

WEEK 3: July 18th-July 22nd

Daily Schedule

Morning Session
Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
Web Page Consultations
Evening Sessions


All Sessions in Rooms 402-3 of the Hogan Campus Center, unless otherwise noted

MONDAY, July 18st

Excursion to Rubin Museum for Tibetan Art and the Karmapa Monastery
Museum Program hosted by Curators and Educators of the Museums
Departure from the College at 8 AM; return by 9 PM

[Popular Tibetan and Nepali Movies to be shown en route]

TUESDAY, July 19th

Morning Program


Afternoon Program

Expert Presentation: Naresh Bajracarya, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

A Newar Buddhist Ritual
: Making Stupas for Fun and Merit

Core Readings:                        

  • Naresh Bajracarya, “The Guru-mandala-Arcana” *
  • John Locke, “The Uposatha Vrata of Amoghapasa in Nepal,” L’Ethnographie 83
    (100-101), 159-189.

Evening Program

Evening Program: Prof. Lewis and Prof. Bajracarya

5-8PM: Workshop on Making Nepalese Foods and a Newar feast

Core Reading:

  • "Nepami Bhoya"

WEDNESDAY, July 20th

Morning Program


Expert Presentation: Naomi Bishop, California State, Northbridge

Buddhism among the Tibeto-Burman Peoples; Video: "Himalayan Herders"  

Core Reading:

  • Naomi H. Bishop, Himalayan Herders. (NY: Harcourt Brace, 1998)

Afternoon Program

Expert Presentation: Prof. Sienna Craig, Dartmouth University

Tibetan Buddhism in Practice: Medicine and Healing

Core Readings:

  • Matthew Kapstein, The Tibetans, 244-268
  • Meyer, Fernand, 1995. "Theory and Practice in Tibetan Medicine" in A. Aris, eds. Oriental Medicine: An Illustrated Guide to the Asian Arts of Healing. London: Serendia Publications, pp. 109-141.  *
  • Vincanne Adams, Mona Schrempf and Sienna R. Craig, "Chapter 1 Introduction: Medicine in Translation between Science and Religion," in Medicine Between Science and Religion: Rxplorations on Tibetan Grounds (New York: Berghahn Books, 2010).

THURSDAY, July 21st

Morning Program


Expert Presentation: Prof. Lewis

Buddhist Literature: Traditional Biographies of Buddha and Story Narratives

Core Readings:

  • Todd Lewis and Subarna Man Tuladhar, trans. Sugata Saurabha: An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Readings from the Jatakas, in Translations from Nepal and Tibet

Afternoon Program


Expert Presentation: Prof. Mat Schmalz, Holy Cross

Christianity in South Asia and in the Himalayas

Core Readings:

  • Selections from Trent Pomplun, Jesuit on the Roof of the World: Ippolito
    Desideri’s Mission to Tibet.
    NY: Oxford University Press, 2009
  • Selections from Michael Sweet, trans. Mission to Tibet: The Extraordinary 18th Century Account of Father Ippolito Desideri, S. J., (Boston: Wisdom, 2010)
  • "Of the Grand Lama, Chief of This Religion" (pp. 297-300)
  • "Persuasive Reasons Why the Above-Mentioned Creation of a New Grand Lama is the Direct Work of the Devil" (pp.301-310)
  • "Reply to the Arguments of Those Who Judge the Above-Mentioned Deception to Be the Artifice of Men and Not of the Devil" (pp.311-317)

Further Readings:

  • Corrine G. Dempsey and Selva J. Raj, Christianity in India: Riting Between the Lines (Albany: SUNY Press, 2005)
  • Robert Eric Frykenberg, Christianity in India, From Beginnings to the Present. NY: Oxford University Press, 2008.



FRIDAY, July 22nd

Morning Program

Expert Presentation: Jim Fisher, Carleton College

Patterns of Change in the Tibetan Highlands

Core Reading:

  • Excerpt from James Fisher, Sherpas: Reflections on Change in Himalayan Nepal (Berkeley: University of California, 1990).

Afternoon Program

Expert Presentation: Prof. David Smith, University of Minnesota

Contemporary Human Ecology: Tigers and Humans

Core Reading:

  • Zurick, Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya, 09-98

Further Reading:

  • Eric Eckholm. Losing Ground: Environmental Stress and World Food Problems
    (New York: Norton, 1976).

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