HDS 3530

Agency, Spontaneity, and the Education of the Emotions: Buddhist Path Writing and Meditation Theory

Janet Gyatso


The first section of this course will study writings that exhort us to take up the Buddhist path. The second part will turn to meditation theory. The third section will consider how study of the modes of being encouraged in path writings can shed light on the relationship between meditation practice and breakthrough. The course readings, all in English translation, will be chapters from Visuddhimagga, Abhidharmakosa, Abhisamayalamkara, and Indo-Tibetan path literature.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 13 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 2730

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Wed 4pm-6pm
Divinity Hall Room 211

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Buddhist Studies
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None