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
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.
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
HRPH-1614 Intro 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. Prerequites:
HR-1630 Methods in the Study of Buddhism: 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
PSHR-3076 Buddhist Pastoral Care I: Buddhist teachings and practices have much to offer the world of pastoral care and chaplaincy. This course integrates Buddhist teachings into the study of pastoral care and chaplaincy, and explores their relevance in an interfaith
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 interpretive notes and comments, collections of letters, Japanese-language hymns and others. Prerequisite: HRPH 1614 or Instructor’s permission, PIN
HRHS-8151 Buddhist Traditions of South Asia: Introduces the Buddhist traditions as they originate in India and develop throughout south and southeast Asia. First half of the required year long introductory survey of the entire Buddhist tradition. Lecture/seminar. Requirements:1 research paper;
HRRS-4551 Topics in Theravada Buddhist Thought: Western Theravada: What roots, both Western and Asian, gave rise to Theravada as it exists in the West? What relationships exist with lineages in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and other Southeast Asian locales? What factors
This course is co-instructed by Gil Fronsdal and Diana Clark. HR-8160 Readings Early Buddhist Texts: The Middle Length Discourses: The Middle Length Discourses is one of the most important anthologies of the teachings and religious practices attributed to the Buddha.
Psychological Aspects of Buddhism I: Foundations in Buddhist Psychological Thought: An examination of the development of psychological theories in the abhidharma, Yogacara and tathagatagarbha systems of thought, particularly through the reading of primary sources in translation. Where appropriate, comparison with Western psychological
HRPH-8450 Topics in Japanese Religions: Buddhism and Shinto in Japanese History: 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