Socially Engaged Buddhism--East and West|
Spring 2012 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, International Relations|
For the past several decades, a new movement within Buddhist communities has been emerging that aims at joining the tenets and practices of the tradition with various forms of activism--involving social, political, economic, and ecological concerns. Termed "socially engaged Buddhism," this phenomenon and perspective can be seen throughout Asia--in examples such as the work of Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam, Sulak Sivaraksa in Thailand, the Dalai Lama on behalf of Tibetans, and Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma--as well as, more recently, in various forms and locations throughout the West. This course will explore in some depth the history and contours of this emerging religious and social phenomenon.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [RELI242 or EAST242]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Aung San Suu Kyi, THE VOICE OF HOPE
Tenzin Gyatso (the 14th Dalai Lama), ETHICS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Chan Khong, LEARNING TRUE LOVE: HOW I LEARNED & PRACTICED SOCIAL CHANGE IN VIETNAM
Christopher Queen (ed.), ENGAGED BUDDHISM IN THE WEST
Donald Rothberg, THE ENGAGED SPIRITUAL LIFE
David Loy, THE GREAT AWAKENING
Calvin Malone, RAZOR-WIRE DHARMA: A BUDDHIST LIFE IN PRISON
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short essays plus a 10-15 page final research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Fulfills a "Thematic Approaches" requirement in the Religion Department.
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