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PA 250: Topics in Asian Studies: Buddhism, Society and Ecology – Colorado College

PA 250: Topics in Asian Studies: Buddhism, Society and Ecology

Academic College credit Needs based scholarship Residential

Colorado College

Date/Time: Jun 22, 2020 - Jul 15, 2020     9:00am - 9:00pm
Ages: 16-18
Cost: $6,452.00
Registration deadline: Mar 3, 2020

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At the root of contemporary global environmental and social collapse is a world view and a social system based on human domination of nature and of each other. There is now a growing recognition that environmental sustainability and human well-being require a shift from the prevailing system of domination and extremism to a global consciousness and a socioeconomic system based on interdependence and partnership. In this course we examine the contribution that the teachings of the Buddha can make to this global scientific and ethical discourse and the movements for psycho-social transformation. This interdisciplinary course draws upon a broad range of fields including global political economy, sociology, philosophy, ecology and Asian Studies. The course will provide an overview of interrelated contemporary crises of climate change, economic inequality and violent conflict; introduce the ethics and basic philosophical concepts of Buddhism, such as, impermanence, interdependence, non-violence and the Middle Path: explore ecological and ‘socially engaged Buddhism’ in Asia; and engage students in the discourse and efforts for personal and collective change.

Location

Colorado College
14 East Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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