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While the IBS offers a set of classes each semester, there are instances in which a class may be cancelled due to low enrollment. If there are enough students to warrant, and the instructor is willing, such a class may be converted from a regular class format to a directed studies format, with fewer meetings over the course of a semester.

Course Listings for Fall 2012

PS 4390 : Organizations & Institutions 

Instructor(s): Matsumoto , Kinst , Payne Units: 1.5
Time: Saturdays 9:30AM - 1:30PM (Fall 2012 and Spring 2013)Course Level: Advanced
Classroom: IBS/JSC Room 130

Full title: Organizations & Institutions: Efficacious Buddhist Practice in Communities and Groups
This course is being co-taught by Profs. Matsumoto, Kinst and Payne.
Working with social groups of any kind - temple sanghas, meditation groups, hospitals, jails - requires specialized knowledge and skills. Buddhism began as a group, the sangha, and has a 2,500 year history to draw on for efficacious practices in relation to groups. In addition, contemporary society creates additional responsibilities for any religious leader, whether identified as minister, priest or chaplain. This course is designed to provide knowledge regarding contemporary legal requirements, working with group dynamics, basics of organizational procedures, understanding finances, and related issues. This will be set in the context of the long tradition of Buddhist practices for creating effective institutions.
Class will meet for eight Saturday sessions (Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, Apr. 13, May 11) from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

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