The History and Rhetoric of Buddhist Meditation
This course examines a great variety of discourses surrounding meditation in traditional Buddhist texts. While meditation may seem to be something that there is not much to say about, we shall find that in ancient texts as well as in modern scholarship, much ink has been spilled on the topic.
Hank Glassman, East Asian Studies: Tues/Thurs, 9:45-11:15 am
Silent Spaces: A History of Contemplation in the West
In the age of the iPod, wi-fi and the cell phone, silence and solitude have become a deliberate choice, not the default. Why would anyone elect silence as a way of life? This course explores elected silence and the ways in which it has shaped, and still shapes, people and places in the Western Christian and Islamic contemplative traditions. We will read from the desert hermits of the third and fourth centuries, the medieval mystic poets and saints of Islam and Christianity, and modern contemplatives from traditions as diverse as the enclosed Carmelites to Quaker meetings.
Michelle Francl, Chemistry: Mon/Wed, 1-2:30 pm
Listening to Mind and Body: The Psychology of Mindfulness
This course will consider modern conceptualizations and implementation of mindfulness practices that have arisen in the West. The course will focus on psychological theory and research examining the potential health benefits of these practices as well as scientific study of more ancient meditative approaches.
Marc Schulz, Psychology: Tues/Thurs, 2:15-3:45 pm