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CourseraBuddhist Meditation and the Modern World [Link]

You can now sign up for free for this coursera course with instructors David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer. It is scheduled to start in June and will feature 13 weeks of study at 2-6 hours of study a week. Highly recommended!

“Introduces students to (i) the history of Buddhist contemplative traditions in India and Tibet (meditation, yoga, mindfulness, visualization, etc.), (ii) innovations in scientific research on understanding such contemplative practices, (iii) recent adaptations of such practices in multiple professional and personal areas, and (iv) the practices themselves through brief secular contemplative exercises.

The course will be co-taught by David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer, and will be include extensive contributions from scientists, people involved with integrating in practice, and Tibetan Buddhist teachers.

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x9780199663835Keown, Damien. Buddhism : A Very Short Introduction. Fully updated and new edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

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Summary: “This Very Short Introduction offers readers a superb overview of the teachings of the Buddha, as well as a succinct guide to the integration of Buddhism into daily life.

What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? Who was the Buddha, and what are his teachings? Words such as “karma” and “nirvana” have entered our vocabulary, but what do they mean?