Buddhist Studies



Buddhist Psychology

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

Premise: This course will explore the theory and application of the Buddhist teachings in contemporary life. It will cover specific practices of mindfulness and meditation and of how the teachings are first and foremost therapeutic. 
 
Required Texts: 
  • Toward a Psychology of Awakening: John Welwood; Shambhala Publications (Massachusetts, 2000)
  • Free Your Mind: The Four Direction of An Awakened Life: Anthony Stultz; iUniverse (Nebraska. 2007) 
Suggested Readings
  • The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology: Jack Kornfield; Bantam (New York, 2008)
  • Buddhism and Jungian Psychology: Marvin Spiegelman; New Falcon (Tempe Arizona, 1995)
  • Buddha’s Brain: Rick Hanson; New Harbinger Press (Oakland, 2009)

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Buddhist Scriptures and Sacred Writings

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

Premise: This course will survey the enormous canon of Buddhist scripture with particular emphasis on texts that became normative in the development of Buddhist doctrine and polity.
 
Required Texts: 
  • Buddhist Scriptures   Edward Conze
  • The Dhammapada: Gil Fronsdal; Shambhala Publications (Boston, 2005) 
Suggested Readings: 
  • A Modern Buddhist Bible: Donald Lopez; Beacon Press (Boston, 2002)
  • Cultivating the Mind of Love: Thich Nhat Hahn; Parallax Press (Berkeley, 2008)
  • Book of Common Meditation: Sensei Tony Stultz; HOM Press (Harrisburg, PA 2008)

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Buddhist Theology

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

Premise: This course will study in detail the various Buddhist theologies that evolved historically in the tradition. We will also explore how these theological doctrines are understood by various Buddhist schools today. 

Required Texts: 
  • Buddhist Theology: Jackson and Makransky; Curzon Press (New York, 2000)
  • Buddha Nature: Sallie King; SUNY Press (New York, 1991)    

Suggested Readings:

  • Buddhist Cosmology: Sadakata and Nakamura; Kosei Publishing (Tokyo, 1999)
  • Alone With Others: Stephen Batchelor; Grove Press (New York, 1983) 

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Contemporary Meditation and Mindfulness Practice in Buddhist Thought

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

Premise: With meditation and mindfulness becoming more popular and a part of the mainstream society, how exactly are these practices understood by Buddhists today? This course will explore the current thinking, methods and practices gleaned from ancient schools to current presentations. This will be an extremely informative course for anyone interested in understanding better the practices of meditation and mindfulness and their application in the contemporary culture.  

Required Textbooks:  Both are available through Amazon.com 
  • Smalley, Susan L. (Author) and Winston, Diana (Co-Author). Fully Present: the science, art, and practice of mindfulness. (Philadelphia: First Da Capo Press, 2010)
  •  Stultz, Anthony.  Free Your Mind: The Four Directions of an Awakened Life. (New York-Lincoln-Shanghai: iUniverse, 2007) 
Suggested Reading: Available through Amazon.com 
  • Hanson, Rick. Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom. (USA; New Harbinger Publications, 2009)

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History and Legends of Buddhism

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

Premise: This course will be a survey of the history of Buddhism and various teachers and schools that became formative in its evolution into a world religion. 

Required Textbooks: 
  • An Introduction to Buddhism: Peter Harvey; Cambridge Univ. Press (New York, 2013)
  • What the Buddha Taught: Walpola Rahula; Grove Press (New York, 1974) 
Suggested Readings:
  • The Gospel of the Buddha: Paul Carus; BiblioLife (South Carolina, 2010)
  • Buddhism: The Religion of No Religion: Alan Watts; Tuttle Publishing (Boston,1995)

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Jesus and Buddha - a comparative study

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

 

Premise: Many contemporary Christians have begun to investigate the practices of Buddhism and are often surprised at the similarities in the narratives and the shared parabolic nature of the teachings of both Christ and Buddha. Most studies look at this scenario from a Christian point of view. This course will offer students an opportunity to see the Christ Story from the Buddhist perspective; giving a fresh view of the Gospel and a renewed understanding of the meaning of Christianity.

 

 

All texts are available through Amazon.com

 

 

  • Living Buddha Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hahn Jesus and Buddha: the Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg
  • The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Christian Scriptures by Dalai Lama

 

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Liturgical Arts and Sacred Languages

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

This course examines the way in which liturgy plays a primary role in the Buddhist Tradition. From the pre-canonical community and its Pujas at venerated Stupas, to the Cathedrals of Japan, liturgy continues to shape the Sangha.  (This course serves as an elective option for all Sacred Music students.)                       

Premise: Liturgy is a major part of the Buddhist faith. This course will explore the history and practice of Zen liturgy and will explore current thinking, methods and practices gleaned from ancient schools to current presentations. This will be an extremely informative course for anyone interested in understanding better the practice liturgy and its application in the contemporary culture.
                         
Objectives: To help the student understand the meaning of liturgy in the Buddhist faith with particular emphasis on the Zen tradition and the way in which the Buddhist Liturgy explicates universal doctrines. It will also explore how it may be applied in contemporary ministry.
                         
Required Textbooks: Both are available through Amazon.com
  • Heine, Steven. Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice. (USA: Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Loori, John. Bringing the Sacred to Life. (USA: Shambhala Publications, 2008)             
Suggested Reading: Available through Amazon.com                         
  • Stultz, Anthony. The Book of Common Meditation. (USA: HOM Press, 2008)

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Meditation for Christians- integration and transformation

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

Premise : As the myriad health benefits continue to be espoused for meditation more Christians are looking for practices that will give them those benefits while at the same time allowing them to have integrity within their own faith tradition. This course will explore the historical and scientific basis for meditation and how it can be integrated in anyone's life. 

All texts are available through Amazon.com 

  • Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity (Columbia Series in Science and Religion) [Paperback] B. Alan Wallace (Author)
  • Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity [Paperback] Jean-Yves Leloup (Author)
     

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Socially Engaged Buddhism

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

Premise: In the twentieth century a new form of socially engaged spirituality has emerged. This course will explore the current theories, methods and practices. This will be an extremely informative course for anyone interested in understanding better the emerging ‘Navayana’ schools of Buddhism.  

Required Textbooks:  Both are available through Amazon.com 
  • Keown, Damien (Co-Author). Prebish, Charles S. (Author). Queen, Christopher S. (Co-Author) Stultz, Anthony J. (Co-Author) Action Dharma: New Studies in Engaged Buddhism. (London: Routledge Curzon, 2003) 
  • Queen, Christopher S. (Author). Stultz, Anthony J. (Co-Author) Engaged Buddhism in the West. (Somerville:Wisdom Publications,2012))

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Understanding Mythology and the Evolutionary History of Religion

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

Premise: This course examines the mythological foundations of religion and the common memes and themes that have arisen in human culture; particular emphasis is placed upon the narrative of Shakyamuni Buddha and how it fits into the universal mythos.
 
Required Textbooks:   
  • Myths to Live By: Joseph Campbell; Penguin Putnam (New York, 1993)
  • Reinvention of the Sacred: Stuart Kaufman; Basic Books (New York, 2008) 
Suggested Readings:  
  • The Complete Guide to World Mysticism: Freke and Gandy; Piatkus Books (United Kingdom, 1998)
  • In the Face of Mystery: A Constructive Theology: Gordon Kaufman; Harvard Univ. Press (Cambridge, Mass., 1995)

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Western Buddhism

Faculty: Dr. John A. Stultz (Profile)

Premise: This course will study contemporary movements in Buddhism and especially the challenges and innovations of Buddhist practices transformed through Western thought and science of the 21st Century.  

Required Texts: 
  • One Dharma: Joseph Goldstein; Harper Collins (New York, 2003)
  • The Awakening of the West: Stephen Batchelor; Parallax Press (California, 1994) 
Suggested Readings: 
  • Engage Buddhism in the West: Christopher Queen; Wisdom Publications (Somerville, Mass., 2000)
  • The Making of Buddhist Modernism: David McMahan; Oxford Univ. Press (Oxford, 2008)

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