Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World: Lesser Vehicle

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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World explores the immense variety of meditation practices past and present. We present their histories, their philosophical underpinnings, their transformations in the modern global world, and we give you a chance to reflect upon meditation practices through secular contemplations designed just for this course. We use a traditional, if overly simplistic, way of grouping Buddhist philosophical systems and ritual-contemplative practices into “three vehicles”, three programs of theory and practice supporting the personal journey from suffering to enlightenment. This scheme became normative in India and Tibet: (i) the Lesser Vehicle (Hīnayāna), (ii) the Great Vehicle (Mahāyāna), and (iii) the Adamantine Vehicle (Vajrayāna), also referred to as “esoteric Buddhism” or “Buddhist tantra”. To this, we will add a fourth Vehicle which is explicit in many Tibetan materials, though no standard term ev... Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World explores the immense variety of meditation practices past and present. We present their histories, their philosophical underpinnings, their transformations in the modern global world, and we give you a chance to reflect upon meditation practices through secular contemplations designed just for this course. We use a traditional, if overly simplistic, way of grouping Buddhist philosophical systems and ritual-contemplative practices into “three vehicles”, three programs of theory and practice supporting the personal journey from suffering to enlightenment. This scheme became normative in India and Tibet: (i) the Lesser Vehicle (Hīnayāna), (ii) the Great Vehicle (Mahāyāna), and (iii) the Adamantine Vehicle (Vajrayāna), also referred to as “esoteric Buddhism” or “Buddhist tantra”. To this, we will add a fourth Vehicle which is explicit in many Tibetan materials, though no standard term ever emerged that was accepted by all sectarian traditions - we will thus term it as the “Natural Vehicle” or “Post Tantra”. We follow an indigenous Tibetan tradition in terms of characterizing each with a specific orientational paradigm - repression, refinement, transformation, and natural freedom. These twelve meditative traditions constitute the framework for the course’s discussion of the main streams of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. The five modules of the present course, dedicated to "Lesser Vehicle" practices and perspectives, treat the first five of these twelve types. Each module in turn has four components: (i) the specific Buddhist meditation in its traditional presentation and practice; (ii) modern scientific research into its efficacy and dynamics, or on practices, principles, and processes related to this type of meditation in our analysis; (iii) the fact, problems, and opportunities of modern secular adaptations in a variety of educational, professional, and personal settings; and (iv) secular practices for experimentation, which are either direct adaptations or new practices designed to give an experiential sense of some of the principles underlying the Buddhist meditative practice.
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1 year, 12 months ago
Several instructors but too many. Some present data that goes beyond normal students without a more academic background. Much info poorly presented. Of 18 courses that I have taken via coursera, this is the worst.
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The MOOC does not take advantage of the video format, and certainly does not take advantage of the so-called socially constructed pedagogy learning method, or a panel discussion delivery method. (Instead, it relies only on the traditional hub-and-spoke didactic lecture format.) The content may just as well be delivered as audio only. The presentation seems good, and it is fine for in-person teaching and lecture halls. But attention spans of an Internet audience on the Web platform are expected to be fleeting. (Anything is one mouse click away.) In addition, the subject choice falls within a very specialized area - Tibetology. On auditing the course, I do not think that I could get a handle on it. The course itself seems to wind aimlessly with no narrative structure, and no clear sections to find the answers. In terms of value for money, I prefer video that are spliced with video clips, and video presentation that has a video na... The MOOC does not take advantage of the video format, and certainly does not take advantage of the so-called socially constructed pedagogy learning method, or a panel discussion delivery method. (Instead, it relies only on the traditional hub-and-spoke didactic lecture format.) The content may just as well be delivered as audio only. The presentation seems good, and it is fine for in-person teaching and lecture halls. But attention spans of an Internet audience on the Web platform are expected to be fleeting. (Anything is one mouse click away.) In addition, the subject choice falls within a very specialized area - Tibetology. On auditing the course, I do not think that I could get a handle on it. The course itself seems to wind aimlessly with no narrative structure, and no clear sections to find the answers. In terms of value for money, I prefer video that are spliced with video clips, and video presentation that has a video narrative. (Take some Film Studies!) Maybe this course was intended to be used in a flipped classroom. It is not effective as an online course. Because the information is rather dense, I would prefer to read a book. The MOOC format is only for small bites of knowledge, or so-called fragmented information.
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