Buddhist and Other Contemplative Practices

Description

This course will explore Buddhist as well as other contemplative practices and meditation from a historical, textual, comparative and experiential perspective. It focuses on diverse and representative forms of contemplative practice from the Buddhist and other major religious traditions. It will study these through a variety of means: by reading and discussing primary texts in translation, by conversing about specific religious traditions, and by learning from each other in presentations.

The course is developed in the spirit of the emerging contemplative practice in higher education, which strives to bring the insights of contemplative traditions to tertiary studies and professional practice. It also examines recent neuroscience research on the effects of meditation and contemplation. It relies on Tibetan Buddhist contemplative practice (meditation predominantly) and philosophy as a framework, however, the strengths of other contemplative practices are highlighted and will be explored.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of the key methods and history of Buddhist and other contemplative practices

2. Analyse the emerging neuroscience literature on the effects of contemplative practices.

3. Employ practical skills in reflective and contemplative practice;

4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.

Content

This course will explore Buddhist and other contemplative practices and meditation from a historical, textual, comparative and experiential perspective.

Assessment Items

Essay: Short Essay

Journal: Reflective Journal

Presentation: Presentations

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term