Fundamentals of Buddhism and Meditation (DAN2411.01)

Dor Ben-Amotz

In this class we will investigate the basic tenets of Buddhism and the practice of meditation. The class will focus on discussions of the reading and writing materials as well as in-class meditation experience. The goal of this course is to deepen our collective understanding of the intimate connection and complementarity of Buddhist ideas and meditation. The class discussions will encourage both skepticism and open mindedness as we dive deeply into the vast ocean of Buddha’s way. Course activities will include reading Buddhist texts and writing essays that reflect and expand our collective understanding.  There is no prerequisite for this class besides curiosity and a desire to understand what it is all about.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn:
- what is known about Buddha as a historic character, including his evolution from a wealthy and sheltered youth to an ascetic monk and disruptively transformative teacher.
- the meaning and significance of Buddha’s four noble truths and eightfold path, and their relations to his enlightenment experience and subsequent teaching activities.
- what is known regarding the various types of meditation that Buddha actually practiced and their relation to Buddhism as a philosophical and religious movement.
- the historical propagation and evolution of Buddhism in Eastern and Western continents.
- the interconnections and interdependence of Buddhist ideas and meditation.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
W 8:00AM - 9:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

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