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Fall 2014 General Registration: 8/18/14-8/29/14
Spring 2015 Early Registration: 11/10/14-11/21/14

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 2014

HRHS 1515 : Buddhist Traditions of South Asia 

Instructor(s): Pokorny Units: 3.0
Time: Tuesday 2:10PM - 5:00PMCourse Level: Introductory
Classroom: JSC 131

Introduces the Buddhist traditions as they originated in India and develop throughout South and Southeast Asia. This is the first half of the required yearlong introductory survey of the entire Buddhist tradition. Course format: Seminar/lecture. Evaluation method: Participation/term paper.

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HR 1525 : Buddhist Texts: Pali I 

Instructor(s): Kyung-Seo (Jang, E.S.) Units: 3.0
Time: Monday 2:10 - 5:00Course Level: Introductory
Classroom: JSC 131

Course description: An introduction to the language of the Pali Tipiṭaka. Grammar lessons are based on the language of the early nikāyas (sutta collections). By the end of the first semester, students can expect to have a firm grasp of basic Pali grammar, a working vocabulary of roughly 600 words, and competency in reading standard prose passages of nikāya material with assistance. Course format: Lecture. Evaluation method: Participation/Exam. 7 max enrollment. Auditors with Faculty Permission

HR 1570 : Ritual, Practice and Ceremony in Buddhism 

Instructor(s): Bridge Units: 3.0
Time: Monday 9:40 - 12:30Course Level: Introductory
Classroom: JSC 130

This course examines ritual and practice in the Buddhist tradition. Topics will include the relationship between practice, doctrine, and ritual, ritual architecture, and historical and modern examples of ritual practice.
Offered every other semester.
Course format: Lecture.
Evaluation: Written report and field trip.

HRPH 1614 : Introduction to Shin Buddhist Thought 

Instructor(s): Matsumoto Units: 3.0
Time: Tuesday 9:40AM - 12:30PMCourse Level: Introductory
Classroom: JSC 130

Introduces the major ideas of Shin thought in the context of contemporary religious and philosophic discussions.. Evaluation based on participation in discussions forums and final research paper.
Intended for MA/MTS and MDiv students.
Prerequisites: HR 1510, HR 1550 or instructor’s permission.
Faculty Permission Required.

HR 1630 : Methods in the Study of Buddhism 

Instructor(s): Payne Units: 3.0
Time: Wednesday 9:40AM - 12:30PMCourse Level: Introductory
Classroom: JSC 130

This course is a 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. [HRHS 1515 strongly recommended; Auditors with Faculty Permission]

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PSHR 3013 : Buddhist Chaplaincy 

Instructor(s): Fronsdal Units: 3.0
Time: TBDCourse Level: Intermediate
Classroom: Sati Center

The practice of Buddhist chaplaincy demands the development of compassion and non-judgemental mind, and at the same time offers intense opportunities to develop these qualities. Chaplains serve in variety of settings in which people are under stress of one kind or another, including hospitals and hospices, prisons and jails, and military. This two-semester sequence of training is offered by the Sati Center (Redwood City, CA) in affiliation with IBS. Over the course of ten months, through discussion, readings, meditation, and internship, the student will not only learn about chaplaincy, but begin to develop the necessary skills and understandings for compassionate service to others who are in need, whether they are Buddhists or not. Course limited to IBS students. Both semesters must be completed for credit to be awarded. NOTE: To be accepted in the course, a separate application must be submitted directly to the Sati Center with a $50 application fee. http://www.sati.org/chaplaincy-training/. Student will be interviewed, and if accepted, will pay a separate tuition of $1650 to the Sati Center. Tuition cost is based on Academic Year 2013/14, and is subject to change. Auditors Excluded. Interview, Faculty Permission, Pin Required.

HRCE 3014 : Issues in Shin Buddhist Ministry 

Instructor(s): Yamaoka Units: 3.0
Time: Thursday 2:10PM - 5:00PMCourse Level: Intermediate
Classroom: JSC 130

Explore 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.
Course format: Lecture/seminar with research papers, which includes personal reflection documents within the words of the Buddhist teachers. Course is intended for MA students with an emphasis on ministry and chaplaincy.

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PSHR 3076 : Buddhist Pastoral Care I 

Instructor(s): Kinst Units: 3.0
Time: Thursday 9:40AM - 12:30PMCourse Level: Intermediate
Classroom: JSC 130/132

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; maximum enrollment 16
Auditors with Faculty Permission

HRPH 3242 : Buddhist Traditions of East Asia: Tiantai in East Asia 

Instructor(s): Williams Units: 3.0
Time: Friday 9:40AM - 12:30PMCourse Level: Intermediate
Classroom: JSC 130

We will discuss the history, debates, and spiritual practices of the Tiantai tradition in East Asia as well as how this tradition developed its distinctive discourse and identity. Since it was the first Buddhist tradition in East Asia to develop overarching ritual, meditative, and doctrinal systems, it has had a significant impact on almost all other forms of East Asian Buddhism, including Zen and Pure Land. It, in fact, provides one of the best vantage points from which to view the formative history and development of these other Buddhist traditions in China, Korea, and Japan. We will not only look at Tiantai’s distinctive ritual, meditative, and doctrinal syntheses, but also examine some of the rhetorical strategies that they (and their critics) utilized to present the Tiantai tradition over time. This course may be of interest to those who wish to learn (more) about Buddhism in East Asia as well as to those interested in comparative religious traditions.
Course format: Lecture/seminar with reflection paper, book review, and final paper. Auditors with Faculty Permission

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HRHS 4550 : Theravada Buddhism: Asian Traditions 

Instructor(s): Quli Units: 3.0
Time: Tuesday 9:40AM - 12:30PMCourse Level: Advanced
Classroom: JSC 130

In this course we will survey various Theravāda traditions of Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. Through a sampling of ethnographic and historical studies, we will discuss ritual and liturgical practices, particularly in terms of the relationships between the monastic and lay communities; the history and effects of colonialism in Theravāda countries; issues of Buddhist nationalism; the recent lay meditation movement; the Thai Forest tradition; new religious movements; and Buddhist modernism.
Format: weekly readings with short lectures and seminar discussion; weekly reflection papers, take-home essay exam.
Possible field trip to local Theravāda temple

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HRPH 4566 : Works of Shinran I 

Instructor(s): Matsumoto Units: 3.0
Time: Monday 2:10 - 5:00Course Level: Advanced
Classroom: JSC 130

An examination of the shorter works of Shinran (1173-1261), the founder of Shin Buddhism. The works include his interpretative notes and comments, collections of letters, Japanese-language hymns and others.
Prerequisites: HRPH 1614 or instructor’s permission.
Faculty Permission Required

MA 5020 : Exchange Study Program 

Instructor(s): Payne Units: 3.0
Time: TBDCourse Level: Advanced
Classroom: Ryukoku/DDBU

For study at the IBS affiliate, Ryukoku University, in Kyoto, Japan, or at Dharma Drum Buddhist College in New Taipei, Taiwan. Open to IBS and GTU students only. In order for exchange programs to be recorded on the permanent academic record, students must be registered for this course. Registration is necessary for students who wish to receive academic credit for their work in the exchange program or who wish to be eligible for financial aid or deferment while they participate in the exchange program. Written permission of IBS administration required. Auditors Excluded.

HR 8160 : Readings in 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 15-20page final research paper. The course is intended for M.A., M.Div., and M.B.S. students.

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HRHS 8450 : Topics in Japanese Religion: Buddhism and Shinto in Japanese History 

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

Explores the relationship between Shinto and Buddhism through the course of Japanese history, from the advent of Buddhism to Japan, to the various associations and combinations of the two traditions, and their forced separation by the government at the end of the 19th century.
Prerequisites: Assumes some knowledge of Japanese religion, culture and/or language.
Course format: Online discussion.
Evaluation method: Participation/Term paper.
Auditors with Faculty Permission

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HRPH 8465 : Critical Historiography of Buddhism 

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

The West has been interacting with Buddhism for many centuries, but it is only in the past couple of decades that a truly sophisticated (postmodernist, postcolonialist) sense of global, and intercultural, hermeneutics has been applied to this history, in order to elucidate effects such as Western overationalization of Theravada, or romanticization of Tibet, or idealization of Zen, or dismissal of Pure Land. Having a deep critical awareness of the selected, constructed nature of perceptions of “Buddhism” is essential to having any understanding of what Buddhism has meant and can mean in the West. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the existing and growing literature on this topic. Experience with previous Buddhist studies courses is assumed (seasoned students at the MA and PhD level). This is an online reading course, with weekly readings, written responses, and written interactions with instructor and other students (80%) and a final research paper (20%).

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