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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

HRPH 8455 : Topics in Buddhist Thought: Buddhism, Meat, and Vegetarianism 

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

Although Buddhist monastic codes did not originally prohibit meat-eating, vegetarianism is often considered a core Buddhist practice, especially in the tradition’s East Asian forms. This course explores food as a form of material culture that has greatly impacted Buddhist doctrine and practice. We will examine the roles of meat and sacrifice in East Asian religions; how and why Buddhist doctrinal materials and practices changed over time to espouse new values that rejected meat-eating; and the political significance of religious ideas about food and killing. The focus of the course will be on East Asian, especially Japanese, Buddhist developments. Online lecture (voice-to-voice) and/or Moodle discussion. Term paper. Intended audience: M.A./M.T.S.. Auditors with faculty permission.

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