- Code ASIA2174
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course is a historical and topical survey of some of the world's major mystical traditions. It will be concerned with the principal characteristics of mysticism in Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism and with the thoughts and practices of some major figures in these traditions. Other related concerns will be questions about (1) the nature of religious experience and its relationship to religious authority; (2) the psychology of religion, especially of mystical religion; (3) contrasts between mysticism and other forms of religious experience, such as prophetism; and (4) implications of mystical experience for religious belief and theological expression.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course students should have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Critically analyse descriptions of mystical experience from four traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Islam.
2. Explain how mystics and their reported experiences have influenced the development of their respective traditions.
3. Evaluate influential interpretive models for understanding mysticism.
4. Understand the relation between the doctrines of religious traditions, the training regimens of mystics, and the reported outcomes of their training.
Two examinations (35% each), Tutorial performance (30%).
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32 contact hours per semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Powers, J, Readings in Mysticism, (typescript)
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