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Fall 2022 Course Descriptions & Faculty Links

(all courses are 2-credits)

CS303 Chaplaincy and Models of Spiritual Care
Wednesdays, 10am-12pm (Open to Advance Standing Students Only)
Instructor: Dr. Leigh Miller

Spiritual Care, or offering the arts of ministry and chaplaincy in the midst of others’ suffering, is now being done by Buddhists in a variety of secular and multi-faith contexts. Through multiple roles, institutional settings, and activities, they are integrating Buddhist religious education, personal spiritual formation, and ministerial agility into their vocation outside of Buddhist communities. This work is informed by, at times in tension with, and also beginning to influence Chaplaincy models of care. This course aims first to understand the history of chaplaincy, what chaplains actually do, chaplaincy sectors, and the paths (educational, personal, religious, and clinical) to professional chaplaincy. The course will then explore innovations and current research in the field of chaplaincy, and prepare students to apply for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residencies. The emergence nationally of various forms of Buddhist ministry and chaplaincy will be situated in relation to this context. Ethical codes, standards of practice, and chaplaincy competencies will be explored towards the formulation and articulation of one’s Buddhist theology of spiritual care, for whatever contexts they may serve within in the future. Students will broaden their base of compassion and strengthen internal resources through theological reflection and continuing to develop their e-portfolios.

MDT307: Madhyamaka Buddhist Meditation: The Lineage of India Into Tibet 
Fridays, 10am-12pm (Open to Advance Standing Students Only)
Instructor: Yangsi Rinpoche

This course will connect students with the wisdom lineage of the Madhyamaka teachings beginning in India and moving into Tibet and introduce them to the living forms of meditation practice unique to and refined within the Tibetan tradition over centuries. Through a combination of explanation and guided practice instruction, this course will serve as an experiential introduction to meditation on the Middle Way. Advanced Standing students only.

PHL307:  Madhyamaka Buddhist Philosophy: India to Tibet
Wednesdays, 1-3pm (Open to Advance Standing Students Only)
Instructor: Yangsi Rinpoche with Guest Instructor José Cabezón, PhD

This course will lay the groundwork for the study of the Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophy of the Tibetans through exploring its origins and development in the Indian philosophical tradition, and proceed into an introductory exploration of Madhyamaka as it was developed, taught, and practiced in Tibet. This course will examine not only Nāgārjuna’ philosophy as propounded by his commentators but also the differing understandings of the philosophical tools that are appropriate to its exploration, and how this eventually took shape in the “consequentialism” of Tibet.

PHL326: Foundations of Mind Training (Service as Spiritual Practice): Lojong and Your Community
Thursdays, 1-3pm (Open to all)
Instructors: Yangsi Rinpoche and Dr. Namdrol Adams

According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the key to happiness is not the eradication of our problems but rather the development of a mind capable of transforming any problem into a cause for happiness. In this course, we will take a deep dive into the realities of the practice of lojong, or thought transformation, through the study of individual works from the Great Collection, an early compilation of lojong literature masterfully translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D.  This class will include some traditional commentary on these texts, as well as analysis and exploration of the genre of lojong, including guidance for cultivating new mental habits for mastering our thoughts and emotions as well contemporary treatments of lojong in the west, including approaches through popular culture, science, and in community.

THL412: Buddhist Ethics, Rituals, Services, and Ceremonies for Healing and Restoration
Fridays, 1-3pm (Open to all)
Instructors: Yangsi Rinpoche and Dr. Namdrol Adams

The practice of ethics is central to the Buddhist worldview and entirely relevant not only to oneself but also to every living being, framed within the Buddhist understanding of reality known as dependent origination. In Buddhist cultures, specific rituals, services, and ceremonies have arisen as expressions of this fundamental interconnection and as methods for working with oneself and others.  This course will introduce the fundamentals of Buddhist ritual, the ways that ritual is relevant to the daily life of Buddhists, and how the particular ethic of dependent origination is lived in the rituals, services, and ceremonies of Tibet. The focus of this class will be particularly on rituals of healing and restoration, for oneself and others.  Course includes:  Autumn Equinox Retreat Day at Tara Farms: Thursday September 22 and  Winter Solstice Retreat Day at Tara Farms: Wednesday, December 21

THL423: Spiritual Care in Practice
Mondays, 1-3pm (Open to all)
Instructors: Michael Jolliffe and Vitalia Brooks

This class will develop the students’ interpersonal competencies of spiritual care or pastoral care and counseling, focusing on the foundational skills most often used by those in service roles such as chaplains, therapists, counselors, dharma instructors, and community leaders. Students will learn and practice current therapeutic skills such as compassionate presence, reflective listening, bearing witness, spiritual assessment, and explore concepts of suffering, spiritual struggle, and supporting others’ in crisis and to create change. Students will develop self-awareness while offering pastoral/spiritual care, and may begin to discover how their personal histories and spiritual traditions inform their practice of caregiving/ministry. This class may offer practical training in communication and contemplative skills for effectively, compassionately, and sustainably engaging in helping relationships with others. The introductory course is intended for both MA and MDiv students and community members or CE students.

TIB201: Classical Tibetan Language Intermediate I
Mondays and Thursdays, 10-11am (Open to Advance Standing Students Only)
Instructor:  Dr. William Magee

Students continue to deepen their knowledge of Tibetan grammar and syntax through reading and decoding basic verse and prose texts and commentaries on Buddhist philosophy and practice in their original language. This course also introduces basic translation theory. Whenever possible, students receive oral commentary of the texts they are working with as part of the class, and begin to learn how to translate formal logical statements so common in Tibetan philosophical exegesis.

TIB301: Seminar in Tibetan Translation
Tuesdays, 10am-12pm (Open to Advance Standing Students Only)
Instructor: Yangsi Rinpoche

Students read and translate Tibetan texts and their commentaries in their original language. In this course we will learn reading and reciting Tibetan texts, developing pronunciation, and translating with an emphasis on communicating the meaning.