This course introduces students to the concept and practices of community engaged Buddhism with New York City housing as a lens for practice, analysis and reflection. Using participatory methodologies related to the work of Paulo Freire, emerging Buddhist social analysis and ethics, traditional scriptures from across the Buddhist spiritual landscape and the frame of the Community Land Trust model, students engage such questions as: What meaning do the precepts have in Buddhism(s) social justice/community engagement thinking and theorizing? Do(es) Buddhism(s) have inherent communal/societal responsibilities? Who is community to US practitioners of Buddhism(s)? As practitioners with an aspiration to serve in ministry, how do the social/economic/cultural conditions experienced by your future congregants inform your personal, communal and societal spiritual practices? How might one interpret early/original sources within contemporary social and political conditions?
Note: Identical to PT 245.
- Professor: Rebecca Johnson