HDS 3570

The Body and its Moral Cultivation: Buddhist Sources

Janet Gyatso


This seminar studies monastic, scholastic, medical, and tantric ideas on anatomy and physiology. It then considers how paths of training deploy these maps of the body to effect changes in the body's experience, the mind's capacity, interpersonal relations, and modes of being in the world. This includes a close look at monastic discipline, various traditions of meditation, bodily exercise, ritual, bodily kinds of worship and devotion, and other varieties of embodied practice and experience as reflected in personal memoirs, handbooks, and theoretical writings.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 17 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1735


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Thurs 4pm-6pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 117

Relationship to Program Requirements

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