Academic Calendar

Winter 2018

Winter 2018 Important Dates

Registration OpensDecember 11, 2017
Application Deadline for New StudentsJanuary 31, 2018 (Extended)
Registration DeadlineFebruary 11, 2018 (Extended)
Moodle Courses OpenedFebruary 5, 2018
Courses BeginFebruary 12, 2018
Last Day for Course Drop (100% Tuition Refund)
Course Drop Form
February 18, 2018
Last Day for Course Withdrawal ("W" Grade)
Course Withdrawal Form
February 25, 2018
Courses EndMay 20, 2018

Courses Offered:

Ritual, Ceremony, & Liturgy (Course ID: MCO 725)  

Ritual, ceremony, and liturgy function as core elements and dynamics of Buddhist practice and ministry. Rituals have long served to help people to make meaning and understand significant life experiences. This course will both introduce students to the concept and history of ritual in the Buddhist context and also help prepare students to create and adapt rituals for use in an increasingly post-modern and secular culture. Specific rituals explored will include both celebratory rituals and rituals of mourning, grief, and remembrance. Liturgical focus will be at the discretion of the Course Facilitator.

Addictions & Mental Health (Course ID: SSC 813)  

Nearly 58 million American adults (26%) suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder and 23 million Americans suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. On any given day, over 700,000 Americans seek help for an addiction. In this course, students will investigate the landscape of mental health and addiction through a ministerial lens. Students will develop their awareness and literacy of these two areas of suffering and acquire basic intervention skills when persons with mental health or addiction issues present themselves in one’s sphere of influence.

Scientific & Therapeutic Dimensions of Mindfulness & Meditation (Course ID: MPT 726)

Buddhist cultures and communities have long known the positive and healing qualities and effects of mindfulness and meditation. Empirical and scientific inquiry into the efficaciousness of meditation is fairly recent. This course will explore and examine the increasing wealth of evidence around mindfulness and meditation and prepare students to deepen their understanding of the benefits of meditation beyond the spiritual and ethical dimensions. Increased knowledge and insight into the secular benefits of meditation will enable students with additional upaya (skillful means) to offer and share such practices with persons who may have other spiritual or religious orientations.

Capstone Project (Course ID: CAP 900) Registration by faculty permission only.

The Capstone Project is offered in the student’s final semester upon approval of the ICBM faculty. This course is an independent study course in which the student will devise an original project intended to integrate and synthesize their studies throughout the program. Projects are expected to demonstrate a student’s achievement of ICBM competencies and outcomes in an applied ministerial context. Projects will be supervised by a faculty committee.