Foundational Texts in Humanistic Buddhism

Subject code HB801
Lecturer Venerable Dr Juewei
Delivery mode Online, live
Duration 10 weeks
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Subject Overview

This subject serves as a survey of texts contributing to the development of Humanistic Buddhism worldwide.  Students will become acquainted with recent scholarship on doctrines and historical development based on key passages from canonical texts.

A study of more recent commentaries of these sūtras by humanistic Buddhist masters aims to cultivate students’ analytical ability and understanding of contemporary interpretation. In addition, the subject informs students about different methodological approaches to textual analysis, issues with translation, as well as the writings and lives of exemplary Buddhist practitioners.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse and evaluate Buddhist textual tradition, focusing on the transmission and interpretation of teachings and practices for socially-engaged Humanistic Buddhism.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of Humanistic Buddhism approaches through identifying relevant problems and synthesising practical solutions.
  3. Critically analyse and communicate the implications and influences of textual interpretations and different cultural paradigms of Buddhist practices on contemporary Humanistic Buddhist masters.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to pose questions, investigate and analyse contemporary Humanistic Buddhist thought, and demonstrate application of the findings through oral and written academic reports on a program.


  • Assessment 1: Reflective Journal (30%)
  • Assessment 2: Annotated Bibliographic Entries (30%)
  • Assessment 3: Final Essay (40%)


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