RELS 258. 4 credits;
Foundations Credit for F11 and F9
Locations and Dates:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
May 13 - June 1, 2018
What are the values, beliefs and practices of Buddhists today? Textbooks of Buddhism usually focus on the Buddha's teachings and doctrines, rather than a lived perspective. In contrast, students in this course will develop a rich understanding of Theravada Buddhism as it is lived in Thailand and the role that it plays in the personal and social lives of people in Thailand. Our study abroad Maymester experience will allow us to do this through living with, observing, participating with, and interviewing Thai Buddhists in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Students will be introduced to Buddhism and the relationship between religion and society through a series of classroom presentations, field site visits, overnight stays in Buddhist temples, and interviews with Thai Buddhist practitioners. Particular attention is given to the practice of Buddhism in Thailand, along with the context of the tradition’s Indian roots and its influence on Thai Buddhism. Students should emerge from this course with a wealth of knowledge concerning the Buddhist tradition in general, as well as an appreciation for the role Buddhism has played in shaping many aspects of contemporary Thailand. In this three-week intensive course students will study the diversity of Buddhist expressions in Thailand and should expand their ability to think and write critically about the concepts that they encounter in the course.
We will have two longer excursions outside of Chiang Mai city. The first excursion is a one-night stay at a meditation retreat center. The objective of this excursion is to experientially understand meditation and how it relates to the goals of the Buddhist path. We will learn meditation and discuss our experiences with Buddhist monks, trained in teaching meditation in English. The second excursion is to a Buddhist monastery. We will stay here for two nights while our hosts lead us in a number of activities including Buddhist chanting, meditation, receiving food on an almsround, and listening to Buddhist teachings. This excursion will give us experiential knowledge of the daily life in a Buddhist monastery.
Minimum GPA 2.0 and good academic and social standing.
Cost of program:
$1350 (cost includes lodging, transportation to all class-related activities, and some group dinners)
: Professor Brooke Schedneck, email@example.com
Need-Based Scholarship Applicants:
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- The Scholarship Application Process OPENS on December 1. First-Come, First-Served!Students with high amounts of need are urged to apply as soon as the Summer Scholarship Applications opens on December 1.
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- Need based award amounts will vary, based on each student's individual FAFSA report. Some awards may cover as much as 100% of the program cost, though most applicants will receive less than that.
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- Must be a Rhodes College student to apply.
- You must submit BOTH your Need-Based Scholarship application AND your Off-Campus Study Application for the Maymester program, including your $300 deposit in order to be considered for a scholarship. Please contact the Study Abroad Office if you have any questions.