encourage critical thinking
Assessment of Learning Outcomes
• Three short papers will greatly help in developing essay writing skills
• Final paper will require plenty of researching skills
• Group discussions will encourage critical thinking
• Maintaining a meditation journal will help self-monitor individual progress
• 1 Final Research Essay or Creative Project with Explanation (25% of the total grade).
The essay should be 8-10 pages long, written in Times New Roman, font 12, double
spaced. For creative projects you have to discuss the details with the professor by
8. This does not include bibliography and endnotes. Due Date: 4th December, 2020.
Week 1: (Sep 7 to 11)
Go over the basic tenets of Buddhism and its history. The course doesn’t assume
knows basics of Buddhism, this week will cover that. Make sure you listen to the
I highly recommend watching the PBS documentary on Buddhism for your basics. But
the required reading along with it and listen to the audio lecture.
Watch: (PBS documentary)
Chapter 2 from Coleman, James William. The New Buddhism : the Western
an Ancient Tradition Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
(Asian Roots: The Origins of Buddhist Tradition). Access the book online through
Audio on few other points about Buddhism
Week 2 (Sep 14-18)
Introduction to western Buddhism. Buddhism’s history in the west.
Baumann, Martin. “Buddhism: Buddhism in the West”, 2005. (PDF attached)
Chapter 3 from Coleman, James William. The New Buddhism : the Western
an Ancient Tradition Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001 (Western Flower: The
new Buddhism. Access the book online through Queen’s library https://ebookcentral-
Tweed, Thomas, “Who is a Buddhist? Night- Strand Buddhists and Other Creatures.”