Buddhism in America: The Dharma Comes to Main Street|
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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Fields, Rick, HOW THE SWANS CAME TO THE LAKE
Morreale, Don, COMPLETE GUIDE TO BUDDHIST AMERICA
Seager, R. H., BUDDHISM IN AMERICA
Wilson, Jeff, MINDFUL AMERICA
|Examination and Assignments: |
Regular attendance, reading of all class materials, and participation in class discussions is required. Weekly one-page response essays. Final 10-page paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Major.
|Instructor(s): Olendzki,Andrew Times: .M.W... 08:20AM-09:40AM; Location: RSCSEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|