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Academic Year 2005/2006
Socially Engaged Buddhism - East and West
RELI 388 SP
For several decades, a new movement within Buddhist communities has been emerging that aims at joining various forms of activism -involving social, political, economic and ecological concerns-- with the tenets and
of the tradition. 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
for Tibetans living in exile, and Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma as well as, more recently, in various forms throughout the West. This course will explore this emerging phenomenon in some depth.
Aung San Suu Kyi, THE VOICE OF HOPE
Tenzin Gyatso (the 14th Dalai Lama), ETHICS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Thich Nhat Hanh, FOR A FUTURE TO BE POSSIBLE
Ken Jones (ed.), THE NEW SOCIAL FACE OF BUDDHISM
LEARNING TRUE LOVE: HOW I LEARNED
& PRACTICED SOCIAL CHANGE IN VIETNAM
Christopher Queen (ed.), ENGAGED BUDDHISM: BUDDHIST LIBERATION MOVEMENTS IN ASIA
Christopher Queen (ed.), ENGAGED BUDDHISM IN THE WEST
Donald Rothberg, "Responding to the
Cries of the World: Socially Engaged
Buddhism in North America," from Prebish & Tanaka (ed.) THE FACES OF BUDDHISM IN AMERICA
Mary Tucker and Duncan Williams (eds.), BUDDHISM AND ECOLOGY
Kobai Scott Whitney, SITTING INSIDE: BUDDHIST PRACTICE IN
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Two short essays plus a 10-15 page final research paper.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Fulfills a "Religion in Society" requirement in the Religion Department.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
[RELI242 or EAST242]
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Willis,Janice D.
- Times: .....F. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: RSCSEM;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 20)
- SR. major: 2 Jr. major: 4
- SR. non-major: 3 Jr. non-major: 3 SO: 8 FR: X
- Curricular Renewal: Ethical Reasoning, Writing
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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