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
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
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
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.
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
Download Syllabus 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
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
This course is co-taught by Kiyonobu Kuwahara. Download Syllabus 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
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
Download Syllabus 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
This course is being co-taught by Diana Clark. Download Syllabus 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,
Introduces the Buddhist traditions transmitted to East Asia and the development of new traditions. Second half of the required year-long introductory survey of the entire Buddhist tradition. Format: Seminar/lecture. Evaluation method: Participation/term paper. Download the syllabus.
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
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
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
Download Syllabus 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