Buddhism in America

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Humanities Arts Cultural Stu
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Hampshire College
The American understanding of Buddhist ideas and acceptance of Buddhist practices, which has been growing slowly for some time, has quickened significantly in the last few decades. In this course we examine this process, from its early phases in the 19th century, through the impact of population displacement and increasing spiritual diversity in the 20th century, to the virtual explosion in the current century of creative engagement between Buddhist ideas and a wide range of fields. The first part of the course is historical, reviewing the diverse ways Buddhism entered American culture. The rest of the course is thematic, covering such topics as the Buddhist influence on: secularism; physical and mental health; feminist struggles; peacemaking and conflict resolution, social and environmental change; incarcerated populations; and the emerging fields of cognitive science, contemplative studies, and the philosophy of mind.
Culture, Humanities, and Languages Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research Students are expected to spend 6-8 hours weekly on work and preparation outside of class time.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Buddhism in America
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Andrew Olendzki aoHA@hampshire.edu 10:30AM-11:50AM TU;10:30AM-11:50AM TH Emily Dickinson Hall 4;Emily Dickinson Hall 4