RELS 258. 4 credits;
Foundations Credit for F11 and F9
Locations and Dates:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
May 28 - June 19, 2019
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 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 one excursion outside of Chiang Mai city. Our trip is to a female Buddhist monastery called Analaya Bhikkhuni Aaram, located in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, about 3-4 hours outside of Chiang Mai city. We will stay here for two nights. Our hosts will then lead us in a number of activities over the three days including Buddhist chanting, meditation, receiving food on an almsround, and studying Buddhist teachings. We will also have a chance to interview these women about their lives and observe the relationship between them and their lay donors.
Students will spend a majority of their time near Chiang Mai University campus or traveling within the city of Chiang Mai. Students will spend their three weeks at a centrally located apartment complex called Nanthamalee, where each suite has a shared bathroom, two beds, and two desks. From this accommodation, we can easily travel to campus to attend class, to the old city for exploring, or right outside the door for some world-famous Thai street food.
Minimum GPA 2.0 and good academic and social standing.
Cost of program:
$1550 (cost includes lodging, transportation to all class-related activities, and some group meals)
: Professor Brooke Schedneck, email@example.com
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