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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 2013

HR 8160 : Readings Early Buddhist Texts: Middle Length Discourses 

Instructor(s): Fronsdal Units: 3.0
This is an Online CourseCourse Level: Introductory
Our online courses are co-sponsored by the Starr King School for the Ministry

This online course consists of extensive reading of selected discourses of the Buddha from the Middle Length Discourses, one of the most important collections of teachings from early Buddhism. Readings will be organized around themes found in the collection including the nature of the Buddha and the path of practice he taught, karma, sensuality and renunciation, the practice of mindfulness and concentration, Buddhist conceptions of wisdom and spiritual liberation. Written lectures and study guides will be provided to support a careful reading of each of the assigned discourses. Prof. Fronsdal will lead online question and discussion opportunities and will evaluate the assignments. Evaluation will be based on forum entries and responses, a 10 page mid-term analytical essay, and a 15-20 page final research paper. The course is intended for M.A., M.Div., and M.B.S. students. Auditors with faculty permission.

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