LIT501 - Chanting Practicum One (3 Units)
Textbook: Reading materials will be provided.
Course Length: 9 week course
Additional Course Expenses: A moktak and bell (small inkin, handbell, and/or singing bowl); they are useful to have, but not required for the practicum.
This course offers audio recordings for each chant and some interactive videos that will guide the student each step of the way.
Chanting practice is an extremely important aspect of the Zen student’s daily liturgy. Newer students sometimes have great difficulty understanding the efficacy of chanting practice. Usually, these doubts and questions subside after chanting for a regular period of time, and most of these students eventually arrive upon a similar understanding of this chanting practice, which is something like, ‘oh! When I completely focus on my voice and the voices around me during chanting I sometimes experience the stopping of all the mental chatter in my head!’
LIT503 - Meditation Practicum One (3 Units)
9 week course
We are thrilled that you have taken the opportunity to use this service to strengthen your connection to your inner strength and spirituality!
Each week you will be given meditations to accomplish. We encourage you to dive in wholeheartedly -- with great courage -- so that, gradually, some of these activities will develop into your all important Daily Routine. The daily routines are the fundamental practices that will become your individual daily practice long after you finish your program of study with us.
If you’d like to share the experience with a friend, why not send them a link to the site and they can sign-up too? It can be very helpful when developing a routine to receive support from those around you.
LIT502 - Chanting Practicum Two (3 Units)
Professor: Ven. Do'an Prajna
Course Length: 9 weeks
This is a second level practicum in which chants from the Korean and Vietnamese lineages common to special occasions and ceremonies. Most of the chants covered in this course are chanted in foreign languages, primarily Sino-Korea, but also Vietnamese, Pali and Sanskrit. At most temples and practice centers ceremonies will be performed in the traditional style, so it is important to become familiar with them. As an American or Western Buddhist tradition comes into its own, these ceremonial and special occasion chants will likely be chanted in English. But until that day, much of our chanting will likely move back and forth between English and foreign languages. A practicum implies "practice", which means that this course is a hands-on and participatory. The student is required to actively engage with the chants in order to benefit from this course. As the student practices the chants in this course, a personal style of chanting is encouraged. Students will be given license to express themselves more freely during their daily liturgy practice.
LIT504 - Meditation Practicum Two (3 Units)
Textbook: On Line Resources
9 week course
Each week you will be given meditations to accomplish and gradually some of these activities will develop into your all important Daily Routine.The daily routines are the fundamental practices that when combined become your individual daily practice long after you finish your program.
We are thrilled that you have taken the opportunity to use this service to strengthen your connection to your inner strength and spirituality.
Oh, and if you’d like to share the experience with a friend why not send them a link to the site and they can sign-up too. It can be very helpful when developing a routine to receive support from those around you.
LIT505 - Buddhist Ceremonies (3 Units)
No Prerequisites: Chanting Practicum I and II
Textbook: Zen Liturgy - Korean Zen Practice Forms
9 week course
Textbook: Buddhist Homiletics
9 week course
Homiletics is the study of the composition and delivery of a sermon or other religious discourse. It includes all forms of preaching, viz., the sermon, homily and catechetical instruction.It may be further defined as the study of the analysis, classification, preparation, composition and delivery of sermons.The "Standard Dictionary" defines Homiletics as "that branch of rhetoric that treats of the composition and delivery of sermons or homilies". This definition was particularly influential in the 19th century among such thinkers as John Broadus. Thinkers such as Karl Barth have resisted this definition, maintaining that homiletics should retain a critical distance from rhetoric. The homiletics/rhetoric relationship has been a major issue in homiletic theory since the mid-20th century.On occasion there is a formal Dharma Talk at each of our Zen Centers. A student who has taken the Five Precepts, has been practicing steadily for some time, and is familiar with our particular style of teaching usually gives the talk. The talk should last about twenty minutes, after which there is a period for questions. When the Guiding Teacher is at the Zen Center, the Guiding Teacher will answer them. When the Guiding Teacher is not, a Senior Dharma Teacher answers them. Questions are directed to the Dharma Teacher but may also be asked of the student who gave the talk, so there are always two people involved in the presentation.