Schedule of Readings and Lectures

 

Imagining Home

 

Ecologies
Tuesday, March 31

 

The Earth as Koan
Thursday, April 2

  • Susan Murphy, “A Medicine Bundle of Koans,” Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis (Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2014), pp. 239-297. (click for pdf)
      Read the entire “Medicine Bundle” and then choose one particular koan for your focus. The introductory section of the reading offers several ideas for how to “meditate” upon a koan. If you want to investigate the matter further, this short kindle book ~~ link ~~ is an excellent source. Come to class ready to discuss your understanding of, and experience with, your koan.

 

Crisis at Home
Tuesday, April 7

  • David R. Loy, Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2008), pp. 15-23. (click for pdf)
  • David R. Loy and John Stanley, “The Buddhadharma and the Planetary Crisis, in A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency ed. by John Stanley et al. (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2009), pp. 3-13. (click for pdf)
  • Watch the film Safe (1995), directed by Todd Haynes Nolan. Follow this ~link~ to watch the film for free online. I do not know whether it is available through Netflix, Hulu, or another source.

 

Duḥkha and the Cause of Duḥkha

 

Towards a Buddhist Perspective
Thursday, April 9

  • A Buddhist History of the West, pp. 1-40.

 

Losing Ourselves in Ourselves
Tuesday, April 14

  • A Buddhist History of the West, pp. 41-86.

 

Institutional Idolatries: Power
Thursday, April 16

  • A Buddhist History of the West, pp. 87-170.

 

Harmonizing Means and Ends
Tuesday, April 21

  • A Buddhist History of the West, pp. 171-215.

 

Buddhist Ecologies

 

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring
Thursday, April 23

  • Watch the film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003), directed by Ki-duk Kim. You can rent and watch the movie from either amazon instant video or google play. I do not know whether it is available through Netflix, Hulu, or another source.

 

Reverence for Life
Tuesday, April 28

  • Stephanie Kaza and Kenneth Kraft, eds., Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism (Boston: Shambhala, 2000), pp. 10-42. (click for pdf)
  • Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli and Bikkhu Bodhi, trans., “Jīvaka Sutta,” The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Majjhima Nikāya (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1995), pp. 474-476. (click for pdf)
  • Red Pine, trans., The Lankavatara Sutra (Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2012), pp. 262-267. (click for pdf)

 

The Nature of Nature
Thursday, April 30

 

The Essence at the Origin?
Tuesday, May 5

  • Ian Harris, “Buddhism and the Discourse of Environmental Concern: Some Methodological Problems Considered,” in Mary Evelyn Tucker and Duncan Ryuken Williams, eds., Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Deeds and Dharma (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997), pp. 377-402. (click for pdf)

 

Early Buddhist Tradition and Ecological Ethics: A Second View
Thursday, May 7

  • Lambert Schmithausen, “The Early Buddhist Tradition and Ecological Ethics,” Journal of Buddhist Ethics vol. 4 (1997), pp. 1-74, focus on pages 3-34. (click for pdf)

 

Buddhist Ecologies Today

 

Towards a Buddhist Wildness
Tuesday, May 12

  • Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild (Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1996), pp. 3-51, 84-103.

 

No Class
Thursday, May 14

 

Towards a Buddhist Wilderness
Tuesday, May 19

  • The Practice of the Wild, pp. 104-123, 154-165.

 

Harvesting Wisdom from the Past
Thursday, May 21

  • Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self (Berkeley: Parallax Press, 2007), pp. 11-72.

 

Cultivating the Present
Tuesday, May 26

  • World as Lover, World as Self, pp. 73-135.

 

Sowing Seeds for the Future
Thursday, May 28

  • World as Lover, World as Self, pp. 137-202.

 

The Earth as Koan, Reconsidered
Tuesday, June 2

  • Susan Murphy, “A Medicine Bundle of Koans,” Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis (Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2014), pp. 239-297. (click for pdf)

 

Class Presentations
Thursday, June 4

 

Class Presentations
Monday, June 8, 3-6 pm