meditation journal

Assessment of Learning Outcomes
• Three short papers will greatly help in developing essay writing skills
• Final paper will require plenty of researching skills
• Group discussions will encourage critical thinking
• Maintaining a meditation journal will help self-monitor individual progress
Assignments:
• 1 Final Research Essay or Creative Project with Explanation (25% of the total grade).
The essay should be 8-10 pages long, written in Times New Roman, font 12, double
spaced. For creative projects you have to discuss the details with the professor by
Week
8. This does not include bibliography and endnotes. Due Date: 4th December, 2020.
Weekly Schedule
Week 1: (Sep 7 to 11)
Go over the basic tenets of Buddhism and its history. The course doesn’t assume
everyone
knows basics of Buddhism, this week will cover that. Make sure you listen to the
welcome audio
as well.
I highly recommend watching the PBS documentary on Buddhism for your basics. But
please do
the required reading along with it and listen to the audio lecture.
Watch: (PBS documentary)

Read
Chapter 2 from Coleman, James William. The New Buddhism : the Western
Transformation of
an Ancient Tradition Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
(Asian Roots: The Origins of Buddhist Tradition). Access the book online through
Queen’s
library https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.proxy.queensu.ca/lib/queenebooks/
detail.action?docID=281193
Listen:
Welcome audio
Audio on few other points about Buddhism
Week 2 (Sep 14-18)
Introduction to western Buddhism. Buddhism’s history in the west.
Read
Baumann, Martin. “Buddhism: Buddhism in the West”, 2005. (PDF attached)
Chapter 3 from Coleman, James William. The New Buddhism : the Western
Transformation of
an Ancient Tradition Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001 (Western Flower: The
Growth of
new Buddhism. Access the book online through Queen’s library https://ebookcentral-
proquestcom.
proxy.queensu.ca/lib/queen-ebooks/detail.action?docID=281193
Tweed, Thomas, “Who is a Buddhist? Night- Strand Buddhists and Other Creatures.” IN

Prebish, Charles S. Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia. Berkeley: University of
California Press, 2002. (PDF attached)
Group Discussion: Question posted on OnQ.
Week 3 (Sep 21-25)
Buddhist practices in the West. How Zen is packaged for the West
Read
Van Schaik, Sam. The Spirit of Zen. New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2018.
(PDF
attached)
Wallace, Allan. “The Spectrum of Buddhist Practice in the West”, IN Prebish, Charles
S. Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia. Berkeley: University of California Press,
2002.
(PDF attached)
McMahan, David L. “Repackaging Zen for the West.” IN Prebish, Charles S. Westward
Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia.Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. (PDF
attached)
Matthews, Bruce. “Buddhism in Canada”. IN Prebish, Charles S. Westward Dharma:
Buddhism
Beyond Asia. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. (PDF attached)
Short paper 1 due
Week 4 (Sep 28 to Oct 2nd)
The role of women in western Buddhism and understanding the feminist discourse in
the
Buddhist space.
Read
Gross, Rita M. "Buddhism and Feminism: Toward Their Mutual Transformation: PART
I." The
Eastern Buddhist, New Series, 19, no. 1 (1986) 44-58 (PDF attached)
Gross, Rita M. "Buddhism and Feminism: Toward Their Mutual Transformation: PART
II." The
Eastern Buddhist, New Series, 19, no. 2 (1986): 62-74 (PDF attached)
Read Chapter 3 from Gross, Rita M. Buddhism after Patriarchy : a Feminist History,
Analysis,
and Reconstruction of Buddhism Albany, N.Y: State University of New York Press,
1993.
(Why Bother? What is an Accurate and Usable Past Good for). PDF attached.
Share thoughts with the professor week.
Listen
Audio on Amrapali
Week 5 (Oct 5-9)
We begin our journey of meditation and mindfulness. Start maintaining your meditation
journal
from this week. Your practical classes begin this week.
Watch
Video on meditation (you will need your Queen’s account to access) https://fod-
infobasecom.

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