Willa B. Miller
This course takes as a central question: What is Buddhist ministry? Through readings and case-studies, we will begin by looking at Buddhism in diaspora as it has come into contact with modernity, taking as a specific point of focus the role of minister and the role of congregation in Buddhist community. Then, through readings and class assignments, we will explore the issues facing of Buddhist communities in a modern context, including leadership, authorization, adaptation, hierarchies, group dynamics, models for decision-making, outreach, transparency, confidentiality, empowerment, sexual misconduct, diversity, boundaries and power. Some training in practical arts of Buddhist ministry will be integrated into the course. Students will participate in the organization and co-guiding of a weekend meditation retreat, Oct. 11-13, as part of the experiential learning component.
Enrollment Limited: Limited to 35 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Course location to be announced.
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