Schedule of Readings and Lectures

 

Imagining Home

 

Ecologies
Thursday, September 28

 

The Earth as Koan
Tuesday, October 3

  • 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
Thursday, October 5

  • 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
Tuesday, October 10

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

 

Losing Ourselves in Ourselves
Thursday, October 12

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

 

Institutional Idolatries: Power
Tuesday, October 17

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

 

Harmonizing Means and Ends
Thursday, October 19

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

 

Buddhist Ecologies

 

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring
Tuesday, October 24

  • 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
Thursday, October 26

  • 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
Tuesday, October 31

 

The Essence at the Origin?
Thursday, November 2

  • 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
Tuesday, November 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
Thursday, November 9

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

 

No Class
Tuesday, November 14

 

Towards a Buddhist Wilderness
Thursday, November 16

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

 

Harvesting Wisdom from the Past
Tuesday, November 21

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

 

Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 23

 

Cultivating the Present
Tuesday, November 28

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

 

Sowing Seeds for the Future
Thursday, November 30

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

 

The Earth as Koan, Reconsidered
Tuesday, December 5

  • 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, December 7

 

Class Presentations
Monday, December 11, 3-6 pm