2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

GMIND 6049 Foundations of Contemplative Practice: The Buddhist Traditions

This course investigates foundational Buddhist principles, praxis, and diverse forms still evolving today. We will explore 'awakening' for the Buddha and his followers, and also for later generations and schools. We will consider classical texts and more recent expressions of the dharma in order to locate key perspectives -- particularly concepts and practices of mindfulness within our own experience. We'll examine Buddhist understandings as they evolve in Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Tibet, the west, and modernity.