Buddhist Approaches to Healing & Meditation (HUM-190)
Culture and Change in Thailand (AUCC-190)
Program Format: Although all students will participate in many experiential learning
activities (see provisional list below), each course will have its own unique set
of readings, assignments, independent work, presentations, and
instruction time. Furthermore, all students will gather daily in
the afternoon (and/or evening) for whole-group discussions and
small-group presentations. Textbooks are available through various sources such as Amazon.com.
Provisional list of experiential learning activities:
introduction to spoken Thai language
visit schools that include meditation as part of their curriculum
participate in a short-term meditation retreat with instruction (in English)
engage in Monk Chat (meet with monks-in-training and monk scholars at various temples)
visit various temples, including Wat Umong and Wat Suan Dok
explore the caves of Chiang-Dao
Essential Course Descriptions:
Understanding Yourself and Others (EDP-220) 3 credits
This existing course is designed to provide students with an understanding
of milestones in their cognitive and social development,
while also providing them with an opportunity to explore how
developmental milestones have affected them as learners. While students
examine their development, they will critically examine their values and
reactions to situations within a social context, such as school.
To tie this course into the Thailand experience,
students will also learn about Cross-Cultural views of SELF: A comparison of
Western approaches to ‘identity’ which emphasize an individual’s
development in contrast with Eastern (Asian) approaches which
de-emphasize individualized expressions of self in favor of
‘self-in-relation’ to family and society.
Required Text: "I Never Knew I Had A Choice: Explorations in Personal Growth" (2006) by Gerald Corey & Marianne S. Corey. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
Buddhist Approaches to Healing & Meditation (HUM-190) 3 credits
is a new “Special Topics” course which introduces students to Thai
Buddhism and how various Buddhist traditions (and values) are used to
promote healing and meditation. Students will visit various
Buddhist centers and temples - each of which adheres to a different
form of meditation and Buddhist practice.
Through lectures by
monk scholars, discussions, observations, interviews with
monks-in-training, and experiential learning through direct
participation, students will learn classical teachings on Thai Buddhism
and receive instruction in meditation practices. Special emphasis
will be placed on social applications of Buddhism/Meditation to Life
problems - especially stress and stress reduction.
As indicated, students will be exposed to various meditation practices (with instruction in English), such as:
“Vispassana” (insight) meditation through Mahachula Lon Korn University (near
Chiang Mai) • “Anapanasati” (breath) meditation at Wat Pahpong (Chiang Dao)
Students will also learn about using
meditation in “Educational settings” through visits to various
schools. Students will also visit universities, attend lectures
on Buddhism, and have discussion with Thai students and faculty about
Thai Buddhism and meditation, and their applications in daily life.
Required Text: "What the Buddha Taught" (1974) by Walpola Rahula. New York, NY: Grove Press.
Culture & Change in Thailand (AUCC-190) 3 credits
"Special Topics" course considers “Thai Life” from both psychological
perspectives. Through lectures, discussions, fieldtrips,
films, observations, and experiential learning, we will critically
examine areas of
Thai culture and values - such as language, religion, meditation,
social status, power and interpersonal etiquette. We will also
explore how the West has influenced Thailand’s culture and how Thailand
manages to preserve many of its traditional cultural characteristics.
This course may be used to fulfill an ‘AUCC’ requirement. Essential Abilities: Written and oral communication, and social interaction.
Required Text: "Thailand: A Short History" 2nd Ed. (2003) by David K. Wyatt. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.