HDS 3553

Buddhist Practices of Self-Cultivation

Janet Gyatso


This seminar will study classic Buddhist accounts of meditation and moral cultivation. The seminar will consist in close readings of a few outstanding works that focus on processes of meditative absorption; imaginative exercises to develop compassion and reconfigure one's moral compass and self-image in light of the suffering of others; and yogic/tantric practices that mobilize bodily energies and sensations in order to facilitate such transformative realization. In the process of reading these materials we will also take recourse to several writings by Foucault on his notion of "technologies of the self."

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1737


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Fall 2014
Wed 1pm-4pm
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None