Academic Calendar

Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Important Dates

Registration OpensMay 8, 2017
Application Deadline for New StudentsJuly 15, 2017
Registration DeadlineAugust 28, 2017
Moodle Courses OpenedSeptember 4, 2017
Courses BeginSeptember 11, 2017
Last Day for Course Drop (100% Tuition Refund)
Course Drop Form
September 17, 2017
Last Day for Course Withdrawal ("W" Grade)
Course Withdrawal Form
September 24, 2017
Courses EndDecember 17, 2017

Courses Offered:

Dying, Death, & Grief Experiences (Course ID: SSC 811)  

Death and loss are inevitable and fundamental aspects of the human experience. The Buddha was in part inspired to set out on his own spiritual quest after witnessing aging, sickness, and death. It is therefore imperative that Buddhist teachers be confident and competent to minister to those experiencing loss and grief. This course will explore the dying process and death from biological, psychological, sociological, philosophical, and spiritual perspectives. The experience of grief, and how to offer care for bereaved individuals and families, will also be addressed in this course.

Skillful Communication (Course ID: SSC 724)

As one of the eight spokes of the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path, ‘Right Speech’ is a crucial skill for competent and compassionate ministry. It has been said that one’s tongue, or words, can be the most dangerous weapon in the world. Meaning, what we say, and how we say it, has the potential to heal or to injure others. In this course, students will learn the principles, strategies, and practices of skillful communication that contribute to understanding, reconciliation, and healing.

Sangha Leadership & Administration (Course ID: MCO 824)

This course will help students to develop healthy and conscientious leadership skills. Shifting clergy identity, roles, and responsibilities will be addressed in relation to a range of ethical issues faced in congregational life and ministry, including confidentiality, clergy misconduct, collegiality with professional peers, ethical boundaries, and the ethics of teaching, counseling, and social engagement. A Buddhological framework for ethical leadership and conduct will be developed with attention to issues of power and professionalism and their limits. Emphasis will be placed on healthy leadership and practices for forming and maintaining healthy congregations (Sanghas). This course will also cover mundane dynamics of leadership responsibilities such as setting up a new center/temple, including non-profit status, 501(c)3 status, as well as marketing and communication strategies.


Winter 2018

Winter 2018 Important Dates

Registration OpensDecember 11, 2017
Application Deadline for New StudentsJanuary 15, 2018
Registration DeadlineJanuary 29, 2018
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.

Buddhism in the West (Course ID: SPH 826)

Buddhism is relatively young in the West, but the long and sometimes difficult process of assimilation of this ancient tradition is well under way. Everywhere Buddhism has spread, societies and cultures have integrated and synthesized the Buddhadharma with already existent traditions and customs. The course will trace the history and consider the future of Buddhism in the West. Students will become compare and contrast the more “traditional” types of Asian Buddhism to what is beginning to form in the West. In the West, congregations are much more ethnically, culturally, and spiritually diverse than in Asia. Students will learn how to navigate, embrace, and celebrate this cultural diversity in the modern Buddhist Sangha.

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.