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* Note: While the IBS offers a set of classes each semester, there are instances in which a class may be cancelled due to low enrollment. 

Spring 2019 Course Schedule

CourseNameDay/TimeInstructorCo-InstructorDelivery MethodDescription
CERS-4875TECHNOLOGY AND HUMAN PRESENCETHU 9:40am-12:30pmBarrie-AnthonyOn CampusNew technologies are broadly reshaping human relationships — the ways in which people are or are not present with each other. In this seminar, we will engage resources available across the academic study of religion and theology to examine, critique, and productively address these impacts. In doing so, we will explore the important roles that religion scholars and theologians might play both in shaping public understandings of technologies' impacts on presence and in shaping the technologies themselves. The seminar is part of Public Theologies of Technology and Presence, a three-year program and research initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The seminar affords students the opportunity to take up the program's questions and work. The approach to the seminar is multidisciplinary and inter-religious. Students are welcome from all academic disciplines, specializations, and religious traditions. Method of evaluation: class participation, reflection papers, final paper. Suitable for graduate students pursuing any advanced degrees. There are no prerequisites. Course is repeatable for credit.
HR-1596INTRO THERAVADA BUDDHIST TRADMon/Thur 9:40-11:00 am.QuliOn CampusINTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THERAVADA BUDDHIST TRADITIONS This course will survey the traditions of Buddhism commonly referred to as Theravada, with reference to their doctrine, development, and concrete localizations throughout South and Southeast Asia, as well as the contemporary West. We will also interrogate the shifting representations of these traditions that emerge in their interface with modernity. The course will incorporate both foundational primary texts and representative secondary scholarship in an attempt to broadly chart the living and historical dimensions of these traditions and the terms of their contemporary study.
HR-2990MEDITATION IN THERAVADA TRDTNTue 9:40am-11:00am ClarkOn CampusMINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION IN THE THERAVADA TRADITION Meditation practice has a large role in the path of liberation taught in Theravada Buddhism. The core meditation practices of this tradition, mindfulness, concentration and loving-kindness have their origin in the early Buddhist discourses. This class will examine the context, teachings, and practices of meditation found in these discourses as well as in later Theravada Buddhism, including the modern West. Evaluation: class participation, mid-term essays and final paper.
HR-8317READINGS IN MAHAYANA TEXTSLeightonOnlineThe Lotus Sutra and Zen Views This online course will feature textual study of selected chapters from the Lotus Sutra, a central scripture in East Asian Buddhism, with commentaries and references from Zen teachers. Through colorful parables and shifting visionary viewpoints, the Lotus Sutra elaborates and expresses such key East Asian Buddhist themes as the subtle workings of skillful means; the Diversity of spiritual needs and approaches and their unity in the One Vehicle; the mystical pervasion of awakening beings in both space and time; and the centrality of faith to Buddhist awakening. In addition to examining the meaning of the Sutra's techings and their irrelevance to modern spiritual concerns, we will also consider the Sutra's widespread influence on East Asian culture, and the role of the Lotus Sutra in Japanese Zen and other East Asian traditions. [Some introductory course in Buddhism, including the Mahayana; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]
HRCE-3014ISSUES IN BUDDHIST MINISTRY:Thur 2:10pm-5:00pm YamaokaOn CampusExplore the difficulties and direction in Buddhist Ministry within the Western context. Also, through a person-centered educational process, explore ways and means to develop one's personal ministry for the west. To study and evaluate an educational process will be the core element of the course. Lecture/seminar with research papers which include personal reflection documents within the words of the Buddhist teachers. Course is for MA students with an emphasis on ministry and chaplaincy.
HRHS-3250HISTORY OF PURE LAND:7 MASTERSMon 9:40am-11:00am BridgeKuwahara, KiyonobuOn CampusSEVEN MASTERS OF JODO SHINSHU The Shin Buddhist tradition traces its origins to the works of Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu, T'an-luan, Tao-ch'o, Shan-tao, Genshin, and Honen. This course examines their contributions to the development of Shin Buddhism. Required of ministerial aspirants. Format: Lecture. Evaluation: Final examination. [HRPH 1614 Introduction to Shin Buddhist Thought recommended as background]
HRHS-5526TPCS IN BUDDHISM IN THE WESTMon 2:10pm-5:00pm MitchellOn CampusTOPICS IN BUDDHISM IN THE WEST: Critical Race Theory and American Buddhism
In this advanced seminar, we will explore the intersection of race and religion through critical race theory and American Buddhism. The first half of the semester will focus critical race theory, its central tenets and critiques; racial formation; and Asian American and immigration studies. This will provide a foundation for the later half of the semester which will explore these themes in the history, study, and practice of American Buddhism from its origins as an immigrant religion, its popularization within white spaces, media representations, and academic Buddhist Studies. Prior coursework in Buddhist Studies required or instructor's permission.
HRHS-8152BUDDHIST TRDTNS OF EAST ASIAGrumbachOnlineIntroduces the Buddhist traditions transmitted to East Asia and the development of new traditions. Second half of the required year long introductory survey of the entire Buddhist tradition. Usually offered each Spring semester. Course format: Online discussion. Evaluation method: Participation/term paper. NOTE: This course is co-sponsored by SKSM.
HRPH-4567WORKS OF SHINRAN IITue 2:10pm-5:00pm MatsumotoOn CampusAn examination of the major work of Shinran (1173-1262), the True Teaching, Practice and Realization of the Pure Land Way. A study of the first three chapters of the work in English translation, with frequent reference to the original kanbun text and its Japanese renditions. [Faculty Consent required]
PSHR-3076BUDDHIST PASTORAL CARE IThur 9:40am-11:00am KinstOn CampusBuddhist teachings and practices have much to offer the world of pastoral care and chaplaincy. This course integrates Buddhist teachings into the study of pastoral care and counseling, and chaplaincy, and explores their relevance in an interfaith setting. Key aspects of pastoral care will be covered in conjunction with applicable Buddhist teachings and practices. Psychological principles which are central to contemporary pastoral care will be included as well as specific topics such as family life and transitions, illness, addiction, trauma, grief, and wider social considerations. Exercises and reflections aimed at developing self-awareness and the skills necessary for effective pastoral care will also be included. There are no prerequisites for this course. Course format: seminar/lecture/discussion; Method of Evaluation: class participation/weekly reflection papers/ final paper. Intended audience: MA/MDiv/MTS. DMin/PhD/ThD with additional requirements. [16 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]
HRCE-3002Buddhist ETHICSTue 9:40am-12:30pmSeelawimalaOn CampusEthical knowledge and ethical conduct of the members of society is an essential part of a harmonious and healthy society. One third of the systematic blue print of Buddhist practice is dedicated to the discussion of ethics. In Buddhism, ethics is not discussed as part of a religious practice; it is simply a tool for one to live an error-free, emotionally healthy life, regardless of one's religious beliefs. A person's knowledge of ethical skills are directly related to his or her level of understanding of human behavior and the knowledge of interrelatedness of oneself and the external world. Brief presentation on an assigned subject and a research paper of 12-15 pages are expected. Intended for M.Div., MA, and MTS students.