ASR205 - Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhism
2024 unit information
|Enrolment modes:||Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online|
Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.
|Scheduled learning activities - campus||
Campus 1 x 1 hour lecture ; 1 x 1 hour seminar per week
|Scheduled learning activities - online||
Online 1 x 1 hour Lecture per week (recordings provided) 1 x 1 hour seminar per week
Buddhism is a complex, multi-dimensional religious tradition that is far more diverse in philosophies, doctrines and practices than is generally realized. Buddhism is perhaps also unique amongst World Religions in that many of its core ideas, practices, and spiritual understandings have been taken out of their traditional religious contexts and adapted, appropriated, and employed in secular and non-religious contexts.
This unit introduces students to the rich tapestry of traditions, doctrines, and practices that are found throughout the Buddhist world: both in their traditional and modern expressions. In the traditional contexts, we look at the “how” of Buddhist practice by exploring diverse meditation practices and their accompanying philosophical underpinnings. In modern expressions, we look at how adaptations and appropriations of ancient Buddhist practices such as “mindfulness” have fed into contemporary adaptations of “engaged Buddhism” and “eco-dharma” and how these ideas are impacting on modern worldviews and ideas of “well-being”. We also consider other contemporary expressions of Buddhism such as secular Buddhism, agnostic Buddhism, and atheistic Buddhism.
Students will have the optional opportunity to experiment with Buddhist meditation practices such as insight meditation and Zen meditative techniques.
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