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Teaching Buddhism in the West : From the Wheel to the Web - Richard P. Hayes

Teaching Buddhism in the West

From the Wheel to the Web

Paperback Published: 23rd May 2002
ISBN: 9780700715572
Number Of Pages: 234

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At a time when the popularity of Buddhism is at a peak in the west, both inside and outside the university setting, scholars and students alike are searching for guidance: How should Buddhism, a religion which is ultimately 'foreign' to western experience, be taught? How should one teach central Buddhist doctrines and ideas? Should one teach Buddhist practise; if so how? Until now, those interested in these and other related matters have been left with little guidance. Despite the wealth of scholarly publications on Buddhist traditions and the plethora of books about meditation and enlightenment, a serious lacuna exists in the sphere of teaching Buddhism.
This book fills this lacuna, by providing a series of thematically arranged articles written by contemporary scholars of Buddhism throughout North America. Some of the major themes covered are the history of teaching Buddhism in Europe and North America (Reynolds, Prebish), the problem of representations of Buddhism in undergraduate teaching (Lewis), the problem of crossing cultural and historical divides (Jenkins), the place of the body and mind in the Buddhist classroom (Waterhouse), alternative pedagogical methods in teaching Buddhism (Wotypka, Jarow, Hori, Grimes) and the use of the Internet as a resource, and metaphor for teaching Buddhism (Fenn, Grieder).

List of Contributors
Teaching Buddhism: Past and Present
Teaching Buddhism in the Postmodern University: Understanding, Critique, Evaluationp. 3
Buddhist Studies in the Academy: History and Analysisp. 17
What is "Buddhism"?
Representations of Buddhism in Undergraduate Teaching: The Centrality of Ritual and Story Narrativesp. 39
Moving Beyond the 'ism': A Critique of the Objective Approach to Teaching Buddhismp. 57
Cultural Divides
Black Ships, Blavatsky, and the Pizza Effect: Critical Self-Consciousness as a Thematic Foundation for Courses in Buddhist Studiesp. 71
An End-run round Entities: Using Scientific Analogies to Teach Basic Buddhist Conceptsp. 84
Skillful Means
Engaging Buddhism: Creative Tasks and Student Participationp. 95
The Peripatetic Class: Buddhist Traditions and Myths of Pedagogyp. 107
Buddha Body, Buddha Mind
Buddhism and the Teaching of Judop. 119
Introducing Buddhism in a Course on Postmodernismp. 141
Zen in the Classroom
Zen and the Art of Not Teaching Zen and the Arts: An Autopsyp. 155
Liberal Education and the Teaching of Buddhismp. 170
The Wheel Comes to the Web
Teaching Buddhism by Distance Education: Traditional and Web-based Approachesp. 197
Academic Buddhology and the Cyber-Sangha: Researching and Teaching Buddhism on the Webp. 212
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ISBN: 9780700715572
ISBN-10: 0700715576
Series: Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 23rd May 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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