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Fall 2016

REL611e First Turning – Fall 2016 (3 Credits)

Dates: October 17–December 9
3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Amelia Hall
Location: Online

2500 years ago Buddha Sàkyamuni sat under the tree of enlightenment and discovered the nature of mind and emotions through meditative investigation. When he began to share his discoveries with his students, he gave them tools to make these discoveries for themselves. Most of all, he found that conventional views of mind and emotions lead to greater suffering and confusion; deeper insight into their pattern and nature leads to liberation. This course traces these discoveries of the Buddha, following the pedagogy of meditative investigation, integrating elements of traditional monastic training adapted to a contemporary setting.

What students will learn: Students will be introduced to the foundational teachings of Indian Buddhism and develop research skills in Buddhist studies with methods appropriate to a contemplative education.

What makes the program unique: The development of an academically rigorous graduate level class in conjunction with personal inquiry through class discussions, exam and paper preparation, and experiential meditation.

Why a student would want to join: Students will cultivate a basic understanding of Early Buddhism important for personal spiritual development, Buddhist practice, as well as academic, activist and chaplaincy pursuits.

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REL158W/REL504W Breeze of Simplicity

Dates: October 22–23, 2016 // 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Cynthia Bourgeault
Location: Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302

This course introduces spiritual practices, meditation, and various themes from specific spiritual traditions. The spiritual tradition will vary depending on the visiting instructor presenting. Beginning or experienced students are welcome and are guided through the presentations. The weekend includes lectures, discussion, meditation, and/or other spiritual practices. Cross-listed as REL504W.

This weekend course will be an exploration of Centering Prayer, a surrender method of meditation or contemplative prayer that reaches back to the early days of Christianity. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer and internationally known retreat leader. She is the founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School and author of 8 books.

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Spring 2017

REL661e Second Turning – (3 Credits)

Dates: March 14–May 10, 2017
3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Amelia Hall
Location: Online

With the growth of Mahāyāna Buddhism in India, a new paradigm of the Buddhist path developed, emphasizing the cultivation of wisdom, compassion, inherent enlightenment, and the way of the bodhisattva (being dedicated to awakening). The great teachers (ācaryas) of India, including Nāgārjuna, Asaṅga, Vasubandhu, Śāntideva, and Maitreya, propagated teachings that encompassed this new paradigm, integrating poetic, philosophic, and pragmatic expressions of the altruistic and sublime purpose of human life--benefiting others. This course selects from classic sūtras and śāstras to elucidate the heart of the Mahāyāna path, applying these humane teachings to contemporary life and experience.

What students will learn: Students will be introduced to the Mahāyāna teachings of Buddhism and develop research skills in Buddhist studies with methods appropriate to a contemplative education.

What makes the program unique: The development of an academically rigorous graduate level class in conjunction with personal inquiry through class discussions, exam and paper preparation, and experiential meditation.

Why a student would want to join: Students will cultivate a basic understanding of Mahāyāna Buddhism important for personal spiritual development, Buddhist practice, as well as academic, activist and chaplaincy pursuits.

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