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
Assignments:
• 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
Week
8. This does not include bibliography and endnotes. Due Date: 4th December, 2020.
Weekly Schedule
Week 1: (Sep 7 to 11)
Go over the basic tenets of Buddhism and its history. The course doesn’t assume
everyone
knows basics of Buddhism, this week will cover that. Make sure you listen to the
welcome audio
as well.
I highly recommend watching the PBS documentary on Buddhism for your basics. But
please do
the required reading along with it and listen to the audio lecture.
Watch: (PBS documentary)

Read
Chapter 2 from Coleman, James William. The New Buddhism : the Western
Transformation of
an Ancient Tradition Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
(Asian Roots: The Origins of Buddhist Tradition). Access the book online through
Queen’s
library https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.proxy.queensu.ca/lib/queenebooks/
detail.action?docID=281193
Listen:
Welcome audio
Audio on few other points about Buddhism
Week 2 (Sep 14-18)
Introduction to western Buddhism. Buddhism’s history in the west.
Read
Baumann, Martin. “Buddhism: Buddhism in the West”, 2005. (PDF attached)
Chapter 3 from Coleman, James William. The New Buddhism : the Western
Transformation of
an Ancient Tradition Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001 (Western Flower: The
Growth of
new Buddhism. Access the book online through Queen’s library https://ebookcentral-
proquestcom.
proxy.queensu.ca/lib/queen-ebooks/detail.action?docID=281193
Tweed, Thomas, “Who is a Buddhist? Night- Strand Buddhists and Other Creatures.”

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