HRPH-8455 Topics in Buddhist Thought

Topics in Buddhist Thought: Women, Family, Dharma This course challenges several generalized notions about Buddhism (e.g., that it is largely male, monastic, and requires the practice of individual meditation) by examining the roles women have played in the development and spread

HRPH 8465 : Critical Historiography of Buddhism

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

MA 5020 : Exchange Study Program

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

HRPH 4566 : Works of Shinran I

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

HRHS 4550 : Theravada Buddhism: Asian Traditions

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

PSHR 3076 : Buddhist Pastoral Care I

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

HRCE 3014 : Issues in Shin Buddhist Ministry

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

PSHR 3013 : Buddhist Chaplaincy

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

HRPH 1614 : Introduction to Shin Buddhist Thought

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

HR 1570 : Ritual, Practice and Ceremony in Buddhism

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

HRHS 1515 : Buddhist Traditions of South Asia

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.

HR 1630 : Methods in the Study of Buddhism

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