We are excited to announce four Fall courses:
- Beginning Pali (Pali I) with Kyung-Seo Jaang
- Reading in Early Buddhist Texts: The Long Discourses of the Buddha with Gil Fronsdal
- Reading in Early Buddhist Texts: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (online course) with Gil Fronsdal
- Buddhist Chaplaincy with Jennifer Block, Gil Fronsdal, and Paul Haller
These courses will be offered in Fall 2013 for the Sati Institute of Theravada Studies, hosted by the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley. For registration information, go to http://www.shin-ibs.edu/.
Beginning Pali (Pali 1) with Kyung-Seo Jaang
Course description: An introduction to the language of the Pali Tipiṭaka. Grammar lessons are based on the language of the early nikāyas (sutta collections). By the end of the first semester, students can expect to have a firm grasp of basic Pali grammar, a working vocabulary of roughly 600 words, and competency in reading standard prose passages of nikāya material with assistance.
Readings in Early Buddhist Texts: The Long Discourses of the Buddha (3 units)
Mondays 9:40 – 12:30
Taught by Gil Fronsdal
This course consists of in depth readings (in translation) of selected suttas (discourses) from the Long Discourses of the Buddha (the Dīgha Nikāya), one of the most significant collections of early Buddhist scriptures. n reading these suttas and relevant scholarly articles we wil learn about a range of important teachings, spiritual practices, ethical values, cosmologies, political theories, and myths from early Buddhism and ancient India. Evaluation will be based on seven 2-3 page reflection papers, a 5 page mid-term analytical paper, and a 15-20 page final analytical paper. The course is intended for M.A., M.Div., and M.B.S. students. Auditors with faculty permission.
Buddhist Chaplaincy (3 units)
Taught by Gil Fronsdal, Jennifer Block, and Paul Haller
The practice of Buddhist chaplaincy demands the development of compassion and non-judgemental mind, and at the same time offers intense opportunities to develop these qualities. Chaplains serve in variety of settings in which people are under stress of one kind or another, including hospitals and hospices, prisons and jails, and military. This is a two-semester sequence of training offered by the Sati Center (Redwood City, CA) in affiliation with IBS. Over the course of ten months, through discussion, readings, meditation, and internship, the student will not only learn about chaplaincy, but begin to develop the necessary skills and understandings for compassionate service to others who are in need, whether they are Buddhists or not. No prerequisites, but both semesters must be completed for credit to be awarded. Pin required. Auditors Excluded.
Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: an online course (3 units)
Taught by Gil Fronsdal
This online course consists of extensive reading of selected discourses of the Buddha from the Middle Length Discourses, one of the most important collections of teachings from early Buddhism. Readings will be organized around themes found in the collection including the nature of the Buddha and the path of practice he taught, karma, sensuality and renunciation, the practice of mindfulness and concentration, Buddhist conceptions of wisdom and spiritual liberation. Written lectures and study guides will be provided to support a careful reading of each of the assigned discourses. Prof. Fronsdal will lead online question and discussion opportunities and will evaluate the assignments. Evaluation will be based on forum entries and responses, a 10 page mid-term analytical essay, and a 15-20 page final research paper. The course is intended for M.A., M.Div., and M.B.S. students. Auditors with faculty permission.