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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 Spring 2015

HRHS 1518 : Buddhist Traditions of East Asia 

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

Introduces the Buddhist traditions transmitted to East Asia and the development of new traditions. Second half of the required yearlong introductory survey of the entire Buddhist tradition. Format: Seminar/lecture. Evaluation method: Participation/term paper.

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HR 1550 : Life and Teachings of the Buddha 

Instructor(s): Fronsdal , Clark Units: 3.0
Time: Monday 9:40 - 12:30Course Level: Introductory
Classroom: JSC 131

This course will study analyze the early sources on the Buddha’s life. We will investigate how these sources contribute to our understanding of the Buddha as a person, a teacher, and as an idealized founder of Buddhism. We will look at historical developments in how the Buddha and his life story were portrayed and used in Theravada Buddhist religious life. The class will survey the changing ways that the Buddha was depicted, including a study of modern Western biographies and role in the religious life of Western Buddhists. Lecture. Evaluation method: one 2-3 page analytical paper, a 10 page mid-term analytical essay, and a 15-20page final research paper. Auditors with Faculty Permission

HR 1596 : Intro to Theravada Buddhist Traditions 

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

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 HR 1596 (cont’d) 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.

HRPH 2850 : Buddhism in the West 

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

This course surveys the history of Buddhist traditions in the West. Beginning with 19th century colonial contact and Asian immigration through 21st century global exchange, we will explore the various ways that Buddhists, Buddhist communities, and Buddhist ideas have come to and developed in Western contexts.
This course fulfills the “Buddhism in the West” or “Buddhism in America” requirement for the Buddhist Chaplaincy program. GTU doctoral students are encouraged to enroll. Previous Buddhist studies courses helpful but not required
Format: discussion, lectures
Evaluation: class participation, mid-term assignment, final research paper

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

HRPS 3015 : Psychological Aspects of Buddhism I: Foundations in Buddhist Psychological Thought 

Instructor(s): Payne Units: 3.0
Time: Wednesday 9:40AM - 12:30PMCourse Level: Intermediate
Classroom: JSC 131

This is an examination of the development of psychological theories in the abhidarma, Yogacara and tathagatagarbha systems of thought, particularly through the reading of primary sources in translation. Where appropriate, comparison with Western psychological theories will also be considered. May be repeated for credit when different primary texts are being studied. Prerequisites: familiarity with Buddhist history, teachings and terminology. Auditors with Faculty Permission

HRPH 3243 : Topics in the Buddhist Traditions of South Asia: Buddhist Teaching of Karma and Rebirth 

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

This course will look in to Early Buddhist teaching of Karma and Rebirth found in Early Buddhist Texts and Commentaries. Later developments of those ideas in various Buddhist cultures and modern researches on “Rebirth” will be examined. HRHS1515 Buddhist Traditions of South Asia is recommended as background. Brief presentation on an assigned subject by students and a research paper of 12-15 pages are expected. Intended for MDiv, MA and MTS students. GTU doctoral students are encouraged to enroll.

HRHS 3250 : Seven Masters of Jodo Shinshu: History of the Pure Land Tradition 

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

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

HR 4548 : Topics in Shin Buddhist Thought: Shinshu Otani Thought 

Instructor(s): Matsumoto Units: 3.0
Time: Tuesday 2:10PM - 5:00PMCourse Level: Advanced
Classroom: JSC 130

An introduction to Shinshu Otani-ha (Higashi Honganji) thought. An examination of its roots in sectarian scholarship in the Edo period, the modernist perspectives of Inoue Enryo and Kiyozawa Manshi and the developments of Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin, Suzuki Daisetz and Yasuda Rijin, as well as the thoughts of such later scholars as Hirose Takashi, Yasutomi Shin’ya, Terakawa Shunsho and Kaku Takeshi. Sources will consist of English Translations of Japanese articles and guest lectures by Otani scholars and ministers. Prerequisite: HRPH 1614 and instructor’s permission

HRPH 4556 : Topics in Buddhist Thought: The Creative Power of Buddhist Women 

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

We will explore gender and power dynamics in several Buddhist traditions as women pursue enlightenment. How do they wield power despite structures of systematic oppression? What insights can women offer about the enlightenment process? We will examine the contributions and concerns of women in various cultural contexts (Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and North American) and time periods (ancient and modern). Critical analysis of practices, texts, and hermeneutical schemes that foster misogyny and liberate women will guide our journey. Special attention will be given to laying a theoretical foundation in the construction of gender in each cultural and religious context encountered. We will look into the reasons why texts on religion have not always included the voices of women as we investigate ways to uncover them through research techniques and developing hermeneutical strategies. This course appropriate for students from all degree programs.
Seminar format: mini-lectures;
Evaluation methods: facilitate discussion, oral presentation of research, short and focused analytical papers. Maximum enrollment, 15 students

HRPH 4567 : Works of Shinran II 

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

The course is an examination of the major work of Shinran (1173-1262), the True Teaching, Practice and Realization of the Pure Land Way. It is 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. Prerequisites: HRPH 1614 or instructor’s permission; Faculty Permission/pin 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.

PSHR 5160 : Buddhist Pastoral Care: Healing Models, Narratives, and Practices in Buddhist Traditions 

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

In this seminar we will examine models of healing in Buddhist traditions, the teachings and narratives that give rise to them, and the practices that express them - as well as their relevance for contemporary ministry, chaplaincy, and pastoral care. We will consider a variety of perspectives and use them to explore and develop ways to assess and respond to pastoral care encounters. The focus of the class will be on creatively furthering the field of Buddhist pastoral care with specific attention to its applied dimension. Class format: seminar. Method of evaluation: class participation/presentation of final research paper/facilitation of one class discussion.
Prerequisites: Solid foundation in Buddhist teachings and permission of the instructor. MA/MDiv/PhD/DMin
Pin required, Maximum enrollment, 12 students
Auditors with Faculty Permission

HRPS 8322 : Psychological Aspects of Buddhism III 

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

This course presents a balanced view of Buddhist psychologies as they evolved over the centuries, and Psychology, in its several forms, in the Anglophone literature. Topics of particular importance in the Buddhist traditions are the unique relationship between psychology and cosmology, the nature of impermanence in respect to the human person and the self, the nature of perception, levels and functions of consciousness, and the connection between morality and psychological health. Each of these topics finds its parallels, resonances, or denials in modern American psychology. The developments of Buddhist psychology found in Yogacara, Tathagatagarbha, Madhyamaka, and subsequent traditions are considered. As an online course, we proceed with regular online discussions based on the readings

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HRHS 8450 : Topics in Japanese Religion: Japanese Religious Landscape 

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

This course explores Japanese religious thought and practice through the theoretical lens of landscape. Topics will include: the influence of geography (islands, mountains, plains, oceans) on the conceptions of kami (gods) in early Japan; ideas about landscape and space in Japanese Buddhism; how Buddhist doctrine is “taught” through landscape art; how landscape determines reli-gious practice; the practical and theoretical roles of temple and shrine architecture, grounds, and gardens; pilgrimage as movement through religious space/land-scape; and changing religious practices in the modern landscape. Course format: Online discussion. Evaluation method: Participation/Term paper. Prerequisites: Assumes some knowledge of Japanese religion, culture and/or language. Auditors with Faculty Permission

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HRHS 8454 : Topics in Buddhist Traditions of Japan: Teachings of Zen Master Dogen 

Instructor(s): Leighton 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 writings of Dogen, 13th century Japanese Soto Zen founder, are a unique highpoint of Zen literature. Exploring profound Buddhist philosophical issues, Dogen creatively used poetic language and wordplay to express the meaning of practice/ enlightenment and Buddha nature, and to train his students who successfully established Soto Zen in Japan. We will do textual study of a selection of Dogen’s major writings, including teachings about meditation, nature mysticism, community life, teaching stories, and theories of temporality. After background material on Dogen, and several essays from one of his major works, Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury), we will focus on the short discourses in Dogen’s Extensive Record, showing his teaching style and humor. We will consider his various background sources, including the koan tradition, the Japanese poetic and aesthetic tradition, and Mahayana sutras and bodhisattva lore. We will also explore how his challenging writings relate to modern spiritual issues. Grades based on participation in online discussion, a midterm essay exam, and a final research paper.

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