Buddhism in America: The Dharma Comes to Main Street|
Spring 2020 not offered
The American understanding of Buddhist ideas and acceptance of Buddhist practices, which has been growing slowly for some time, has quickened significantly in the last few decades. In this course we examine this process, from its early phases in the 19th century, through the impact of population displacement and increasing spiritual diversity in the 20th century, to the virtual explosion in the current century of creative engagement between Buddhism and a wide range of fields. We cover such topics as environmentalism; physical and mental health; issues of conflict resolution, social justice, race, and gender; practices relating to optimal performance, end-of-life care, and prison ministry; and the emerging fields of cognitive science, contemplative studies, and the philosophy of mind.
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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 "Thematic Approaches" department requirement.