Ratings for Sharf, R H

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Sharf, R H (BUDDSTD C50, Fall 2014)
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90

Comment: Great professor and a really interesting course. He definitely knows a lot about Buddhism and this was his first time teaching an intro course and I think he did a great job. Assignments were generally once a week and were just one-pagers, which I preferred to long papers. There is a LOT of reading to be done, but most of it is very interesting and enjoyable and doesn't take that long to get through. The concepts are very interesting and at times extremely complicated and difficult to grasp but Sharf understands that. The class is more difficult in the beginning as he tries to weed out people who aren't interested in the course material, so the first few assignments and the first quiz are graded pretty harshly. But if you work at it and do your reading/go to class, you'll be fine as far as grading goes. The midterm was much easier than I had expected. The final was a bit of a slog with lots of writing but still not too difficult. Overall, Sharf is very knowledgable and can teach you a lot of Buddhism and is even kind of funny in a really dry way. I learned a lot from this class. Do the reading and go to class, maybe even office hours once or twice, and you'll be fine.

Submitted Jan. 9th, 2015

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Sharf, R H (BUDDSTD C130, Fall 2013)
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50
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85
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100
Enthusiasm
98

Comment: He is a very good professor, very interested in his lectures and very knowledgeable. He tried to scare people away at first, but only because he wants the pationate ones to stay in class. If you want an easy A class this is not what you are looking for. But if you are willing to learn and ready to put some hard work into it, take this class.

Submitted Dec. 30th, 2013

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Sharf, R H (L & S 160D, Spring 2013)
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100
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83
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Comment: Great class! The professor is very passionate about Buddhism and relating contemporary thought to Buddhist ideas was very interesting. Many of the readings were very difficult, but overall the class is not too hard. Make sure you do the weekly essays, ALL OF THEM, they are worth 60% of your grade. The exams are straightforward and a piece of cake if you keep up with the lectures/reading.

Submitted May 22nd, 2013

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Sharf, R H (L & S 160D, Spring 2012)
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50
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61
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70
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Do not take this class if you are looking for an easy A or to fulfill breadth. It is a lot of reading and very difficult to comprehend unless you have a background in philosophy and/or buddhism. I had very high expectations for this class, especially after reading so many positive reviews. None of my expectations were met, although the main book by Gethin is very interesting.

Submitted Sept. 17th, 2012

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Sharf, R H (L & S 160D, Spring 2012)
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84
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84
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100

Comment: Nice professor. Friendly. Great lecturer.

Submitted July 23rd, 2012

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Sharf, R H (L & S 160D, Spring 2012)
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50
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81
Enthusiasm
81

Comment: Great lecturer, although sometimes unorganized. Very interesting material, incredibly thought provoking class.

Submitted May 3rd, 2012

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Sharf, R H (L & S 160D, Spring 2012)
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100
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94
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98
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100

Comment: Really an amazing class with very interesting readings (although occasionally very difficult) from a variety of different disciplines! Not a huge fan of weekly mini-essays, but I found them much less stressful than a huge term paper might have been. Exam was fine, although I wasn't very prepared for that first quiz, they grade a bit hard!

Submitted April 24th, 2012

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Sharf, R H (L & S 160D, Spring 2012)
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68
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79
Helpfulness
84
Enthusiasm
90

Submitted April 7th, 2012