Buddhism in America|
Fall 2008 not offered
Buddhism has been in America for just over 100 years. Although this is a comparatively short period of time, already there appear to be new directions as well as distinctive concerns that warrant the claim that an American Buddhism has begun to emerge. Issues such as purity, equality, and authority, for example, have all come to the fore as the various traditions of Buddhism make their way onto American soil. This seminar will be a philosophical and sociohistorical examination of some of these issues and themes in contemporary Buddhism in America.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
R. Fields, HOW THE SWANS CAME TO THE LAKE
D. Morreale, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BUDDHIST AMERICA
S. Boucher, TURNING THE WHEEL: AMERICAN WOMEN CREATING THE NEW BUDDHISM
H. Baldoquin (ed.), DHARMA, COLOR, AND CULTURE
C. Prebish and K. Tanaka (eds.), THE FACES OF BUDDHISM IN AMERICA
Sumi Loundon (ed.), BLUE JEAN BUDDHA
Thich Nhat Hanh, FOR A FUTURE TO BE POSSIBLE
|Examination and Assignments: |
1.) A short essay. 2.) A mid-term essay (6-8 pages - typewritten) 3.) a 10 page final essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation in discussions. This course fulfills a "Religion in Society" departmental requirement.