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Fall 2018 Course Schedule

CourseNameDay/TimeInstructorCo-InstructorDelivery MethodDescription
HR-1615READINGS EARLY BUDDHIST TEXTS:Tues 9:40am-12:30pm FronsdalClark, DianaOn CampusThe Collected Discourses of the Buddha (Samyutta Nikāya) is a magnificent anthology focused on the deeper wisdom and insights the Buddha emphasized on the path to awakening. The anthology is organized into thematic chapters which provide multiple perspectives and different approaches to the teachings. Themes include meditation practices, mediation states, and factors needed for awakening. The Collected Discourses also has a large collection of fascinating poems composed as conversations between deities and the Buddha. For this course we will choose a number of themes to explore and discuss in a manner that provides knowledge of early Theravāda Buddhist teachings, a greater ability to think critically about these teachings, and support for one’s own spiritual practice. No prerequisites. Course format: seminar/lecture/discussion. Method of Evaluation: class participation, reflection papers and final paper. Intended audience: MA/MDiv/MTS students, DMin/PhD/ThD students with additional requirements.
HR-1630METHODS IN STUDY OF BUDDHISMWed 9:40am-12:30pm PayneOn CampusA survey of different approaches to the study of Buddhism, including textual, anthropological, sociological, historical, and bibliographic. Particular attention will be given to contemporary critical studies, appropriate historical and social contextualization of doctrinal claims, and relations between Buddhism and other religions in the modern world. May be upgraded for doctoral students. [Auditors with Faculty permission]
HR-3040ZEN BUDDHISMThur 9:40am-12:30pm KinstOn CampusThis is an introductory course aimed at developing a sound basic understanding of Zen Buddhist meditation practices and the teachings they express. We will study teachings on the Soto Zen practice of shikantaza "just sitting," as well as koan practice in Soto and Rinzai traditions, and Zen practice as it occurs in ritual, ordinary activities such a cooking, and in community. We will also consider Zen meditation practice as it relates to fundamental Buddhist teachings and practices. Participation in meditation practice as well as at least one visit to a local Zen temple are required. There are no prerequisites for this class.
HR-1501INTRO TO BUDDHISM AND BUDDHIST STUDIESMon 2:10pm-5:00pmMitchellOn CampusThis course introduces the student to the Buddhist tradition and the academic study of Buddhism. The course covers the development of Budd
hism across Asia, its history major texts, lineages, practices and doctrines. Secondarily, we will discuss the academic discipline of Buddhist studi
es, its own historical development, methodologies, orientations and assumptions. This course is required for the IBS Certificate in Buddhist Stu
dies and is ideally suited for GTU consortial students. No prior Buddhist studies required; auditors permitted.
HRHS-8151BUDDHIST TRDTNS OF SOUTH ASIAGrumbachOnlineIntroduces the Buddhist traditions as they originate in India and develop throughout south and southeast Asia. First half of the required year long introductory survey of the entire Buddhist tradition. Lecture/seminar. Requirements:1 research paper; 1 reflection paper; class presentation. Required course for: M.A. (Buddhist Studies), M.B.S, M.Div., Buddhist Chaplaincy Certificate Program, Kyoshi Cetificate. NOTE: This course is co-sponsored by SKSM.
HRHS-8307HISTORY OF THE SHIN BUDDHIST TRADITION: PREMODERN AmstutzOnlineA survey of themes and problems in the history of Jodoshinshu Buddhism, from Honen into the Tokugawa period, including doctrine but also other associated issues (institutionalization, women's roles, evolution of teachings, interaction with political and economic regimes, etc.). Online course, with readings and written interactions among students and instructor. Evaluation based on weekly student writings and a final paper. Primary aim is to establish basic knowledge, which may serve as foundation for subsequent studies. For all students concerned with Shin Buddhism's interaction with Japanese history, but assumes some general familiarity with Buddhist traditions.
HRPH-1614INTRO TO SHIN BUDDHIST THOUGHTMon 9:40am-12:30pm BridgeOn CampusIntroduces the major ideas of Shin thought in the context of contemporary religious and philosophic discussions. Evaluation based on participation in discussion forums and final research paper. Intended for MA/MTS and MDiv students. [HR 1510, HR 1550 or instructor's permission; Faculty Consent required]
HRPH-4558TOPICS IN BUDDHIST PRACTICEMon 2:10pm-5:00pmPokornyOn CampusThis course will examine ritual practice in Mahayana Buddhism, focusing on Buddhist traditions in East Asia. Topics to be addressed include ordination, precept and funeral ceremonies, rituals for the state, repentence practices, devotional ritual practice, anti-ritual discourse, ritual dimensions of monastic life, ritualized approaches to meditation practice, esoteric ritual practice and healing rituals.
HRPH-4566WORKS OF SHINRAN IThur 2:10pm-5:00pm MatsumotoOn CampusAn examination of the shorter works of Shinran (1173-1261), the founder of Shin Buddhism. The works include his interpretive notes and comments, collections of letters, Japanese-language hymns and others. [Faculty Consent required]
HRPS-8320PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS BUDDHISMPayneOnlinePSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF BUDDHISM 3 This online seminar integrates Buddhist doctrine and practice with advances in neuroscience, cognitive science, and modern psychology. The integration benefits from the foundation provided by Evan Thompson in Waking, Dreaming, Being (Columbia Univ. Press, 2015). This will be the primary text for the seminar, augmented by additional readings that will be be provided through the course Moodle site. In the past, the seminar has appealed to students from various seminaries, and all are welcome. The major requirement is to be open to alternative frameworks of understanding and to do whatever work is required to catch up on new developments across a broad spectrum of disciplines.

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]