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Fall 2017-2018
* REL 324 (EC)   na, npdf

Mind and Meditation

Jonathan C. Gold

This course examines the philosophy, history, and methods of Buddhist meditation. Primary readings will be Buddhist works on the nature of the mind and the role of meditation on the path to liberation (nirvana). We will ask how traditional Buddhist views have been reshaped by modern teachers, and we will interrogate the significance of current research on meditation in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and the philosophy of mind. In addition to other coursework, students will be practicing meditation and keeping a log and journal. Some coursework in Philosophy or Religion is expected.

Sample reading list:
Rupert Gethin, The Buddhist Path to Awakening
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness
Arthur Versluis, American Gurus
Santideva and Paul Williams, The Bodhicaryavatara
Michael S. A. Graziano, God Soul Mind Brain
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-150 pages of reading per week, regular participation in the seminar, weekly written responses to readings, regular meditation practice log and journal, oral presentation, one 12-page paper due on Dean's date.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21822 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Frist Campus Center   228   Enrolled:13 Limit:10 Closed