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.