Archives for category: Research Methods

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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coverBobish, Greg, Trudi Jacobson (eds.): The Information Literacy User’s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook. Open SUNY Textbooks, 2014.

Publisher description | Fulltext: pdf epub

As students, researchers, and practitioners we find ourselves today in an information-infused and technology-rich environment. This guide on critical concepts of information literacy will …

make navigating today’s complex information ecosystem much more manageable.

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pye vol 1Pye, Michael. Strategies in the Study of Religions. Volume One: Exploring Methods and Positions. Volume two: Exploring Religions in Motion. Religion and Reason 51-52. New York: Walter De Gruyter, 2012-2013.

Table of contents: Volume 1 | Volume 2

Introduction: Volume 1 | Volume 2

Publisher’s description: Volume 1 | Volume 2

Summary: “These two volumes present Pye’s methodological, theoretical, and field-based interests in the study of religions.

Pye understands the study of religions to be an international enterprise with roots in both European and East Asian culture. This relates to his active role in the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR). Read the rest of this entry »