Engaged Buddhism


Course Objective

The student:
- has knowledge, understanding and competences in the field of Engaged
- is able to analyze engaged Buddhism from various interdisciplinary
perspectives, engaging with buddhological, philosophical, hermeneutical,
political and ethical questions;
- can recognize, summarize and explain the dominant positions in the
field of Engaged Buddhism
- can integrate the insights from the course and use them to analyze and
discuss articles written by authoritative Buddhist thinkers;
- can integrate insights from this course and apply them to a case
- is aware of his/her own identity, fears, biases, and
theological,philosophical, ethical and hermeneutical prejudices in
engaging with Buddhist sources.
- has developed a capacity for metareflection on issues within the field
of Engaged Buddhism.

Course Content

This course offers an analysis of the rapidly expanding field of Engaged
Buddhism. This term is used to refer to Buddhist scholars and
practitioners who are seeking ways to apply the insights from Buddhist
meditation practice and Buddhist teachings to situations of social,
political, environmental, and economic suffering and injustice, bringing
compassion into the world.
Overview of topics to be discussed:
1. Some important voices in Engaged Buddhism (Thich Nhat Hanh,
Humanistic Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers)
2. Compassion in the Buddhist traditions and in contemporary
3. Engaged Buddhism in the Anthropocene: ecology and climate change
in religious identity: hybridity, double belonging, multiple religious
participation and fundamentalism
4. Interdisciplinary perspectives on Engaged Buddhism

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

20%: Writing and presentation assignments
80%: final paper

Target Audience

This module is part of the track Buddhism in the Research Master.

General Information

Course Code G_RMBEB2
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator prof. dr. A.F.M. van der Braak
Examiner prof. dr. A.F.M. van der Braak
Teaching Staff prof. dr. A.F.M. van der Braak

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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