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ASST 255.07 Buddhist Studies in India Program: Introduction to Field Methods and Ethics 3-4 credits

Closed: Size: 25, Registered: 26, Waitlist: 0

Synonym: 65674

Arthur P McKeown

This course introduces students to the skills and ethics needed to conduct fieldwork for their independent study project in South Asia. In consultation with their adviser, students generate an independent study proposal (ISP) concerned with some aspect of Buddhist Studies (philosophy, ritual, meditation, the arts, culture, etc.) utilizing the unique resources available in India and neighboring countries. The ISP proposal outlines the topic, research methods, and resources located/developed by the student. Topics covered in the course include: introduction to research ethics; conducting a literature review; design and implementation of data collection protocols, interviewing, and survey questionnaires; summary, analysis and presentation data.

Prerequisite: Participation in Buddhist Studies in India Program

Participation in Buddhist Studies in India Program

ASST 319.07 Buddhist Studies India Program: History of South Asian Buddhism 7-8 credits

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 8, Waitlist: 0

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Synonym: 65681

Arthur P McKeown

This course provides students with an introduction to the history of South Asian Buddhism. Using primary and secondary sources and resources available to us in Bodh Gaya, we evaluate competing perspectives on the history of Buddhism and debate significant historical and ethical questions. How did Buddhism relate to other ancient Indian religions? What was the relationship between Buddhism and ancient Indian political, social, and economic structures? How did Buddhism change during its 2000 years in India? What impact did South Asian Buddhism have on the ancient and medieval world? What is the relationship between modern Buddhism and ancient Buddhism?

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Buddhist Studies India Program required

OCP GEP Buddhist Studies India

ASST 391.07 Buddhist Studies India Program: Independent Study Project 3-4 credits

Open: Size: 35, Registered: 26, Waitlist: 0

Synonym: 65675

Arthur P McKeown

Students spend three weeks of the program conducting field work for the self-designed independent study project proposed in ASST 255: Introduction to Field Methods and Ethics. Students demonstrate ability to carry out an independent study project that successfully incorporates appropriate field research methods and responsible approaches to interpretation of data, and effectively demonstrates what they have learned about their research topic. The progress of each research project is evaluated at regular intervals in relation to parameters established in conjunction with the Faculty Director and faculty adviser. Students present their research at the end of the ISP.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Global Engagement Program required

Participation in Buddhist Studies India Program, winter break

LCST 101.07 Buddhist Studies India Program: Elementary Hindi 7-8 credits

Closed: Size: 0, Registered: 8, Waitlist: 0

Synonym: 65689

Arthur P McKeown

An introduction to basic colloquial Hindi speaking and writing skills for everyday interactions in Northern India. Essential grammar is introduced and reviewed in morning meetings, and conversational and reading abilities are developed in afternoon practice. Students are encouraged to practice speaking and listening comprehension by conversing with Hindi speakers outside of class.

Prerequisite: Acceptance in Buddhist Studies India Program

OCP GEP Buddhist Studies India

LCST 103.07 Buddhist Studies India Program: Intermediate Hindi 7-8 credits

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 3, Waitlist: 0

Synonym: 65682

Arthur P McKeown

This course builds on the student’s previous training in spoken and written Hindi language.  Students will gain the ability to initiate and sustain conversations with Hindi speakers, read and write in Hindi about personal and social situations, as well as extract the main idea and information from descriptive and narrative texts. Students will apply their language learning and deepen their understanding of Indian culture through interaction with local residents and participation in seasonal festivals and other activities.

Prerequisite: Acceptance in Buddhist Studies India OCS Program required

OCP GEP Buddhist Studies India

PHIL 318.07 Buddhist Studies India Program: Buddhist Philosophy 7-8 credits

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 13, Waitlist: 0

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Synonym: 65680

Arthur P McKeown

This course introduces students to major trends in Buddhist philosophy as it developed in India from the time of the Buddha until the eleventh century CE. The course emphasizes the relationships between philosophical reasoning and the meditation practices encountered in the Buddhist Meditation Traditions course. With this in mind, the course is organized into three units covering the Indian philosophical foundations for the Theravāda, Zen, and Tibetan Vajrayāna traditions. While paying attention first and foremost to philosophical arguments and their evolution, we also examine the ways in which metaphysics, epistemology and ethics inform one another in each tradition.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Buddhist Studies program

OCP GEP Buddhist Studies India

RELG 359.07 Buddhist Studies India Program: Buddhist Meditation Traditions 7-8 credits

Open: Size: 35, Registered: 26, Waitlist: 0

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Synonym: 65673

Arthur P McKeown

Students will complement their understanding of Buddhist thought and culture through the study and practice of traditional meditation disciplines. This course emphasizes the history, characteristics, and approach of three distinct meditation traditions within Buddhism: Vipassana, Zazen, and Dzogchen. Meditation practice and instruction is led in the morning and evening six days a week by representatives of these traditions who possess a theoretical as well as practical understanding of their discipline. Lectures and discussions led by the program director complement and contextualize the three meditation traditions being studied.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Carleton-Antioch Program required

OCP GEP Buddhist Studies India

SOAN 322.07 Buddhist Studies India Program: Contemporary Buddhist Culture 7-8 credits

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 12, Waitlist: 0

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Synonym: 65671

Arthur P McKeown

This course introduces students to the complexity and plurality of Buddhist traditions that have flourished in diverse societies and cultures in the modern era. This course enables students to sympathetically understand and critically investigate various Buddhist traditions and their historically and culturally specific configurations of philosophical beliefs, cultural values, everyday practices, social institutions, and personal experiences. Focusing on Buddhist traditions of South and Southeast Asia, Japan, and Tibet, we explore topics including syncretism and popular religion, monasticism, gender, economic development, social movements, political violence, and religious revival. Students expand their research skills in anthropology through field assignments in Bodh Gaya.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Buddhist Studies Program required

OCP GEP Buddhist Studies India

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