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- Japanese Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies
- Chinese Studies
- Th.D., Harvard University, Divinity School
- M.T.S., Harvard University, Divinity School
- B.A., College of St. Catherine
“REL 172 Buddhist Traditions”: In this course, following the Buddha’s example and guided mostly by contemporary masters, we inquire into our own minds and the construction of self and reality while learning the fundamentals of the three main schools of Buddhism.
“REL 171 Sacred Traditions of India”: In this course, by means of readings, videos, and films, we explore four dominant communities of religious belief and practice in contemporary India: Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Tibetan Buddhists. We read portions of India’s profound visionary works—the Rig Veda, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita—and then explore living religion in India today as ancient traditions interact with rapid social and economic change.
“Religion and Psychology: Mapping Selves”: In this interdisciplinary, student-driven experimental course we engage and bring into relationship multiple current models for understanding self in the world: neuroscience, ecopsychology, cognitive sociology, existential psychology, and Eastern and Western religious constructions of soul and consciousness. For each model, we create a map in our preferred medium: e.g., language, painting, sculpture, photography. The final product is a portfolio of maps accompanied by reflection upon their connections (or not) with one another. An evitable correlate of our map-making is inquiry into the nature of authentic knowing, and the kinds of knowledge that count and do not count in the dominant knowledge-communities we inhabit.