An overview of Buddhism grounded in the story of the Buddha, Buddhist philosophy, and the spread of Buddhism. Students will gain a general understanding of Buddhist principles and practices as well as the role of Buddhism in the wider world. Topics will include: the emergence of Buddhism in a historical and cultural context, life and teachings of the historical Buddha, Buddhist philosophy, the spread and forms of Buddhism and Buddhism in the West.
GROUP LEADER: Paul M. Galvin, PhD was exposed to Buddhism in 1988 and began studying and practicing meditation. Dr. Galvin was trained as an experimental psychologist focusing on the psychology of religion and currently concentrating in the areas of stress and mindfulness-based stress reduction. A long time Zen practitioner, he was ordained a Zen Priest in 2014 in the Boundless Way Zen School and is affiliated with the Boundless Way Temple in Worcester.
BOOK (optional): The Dhammapada – preferable the Gil Fronsdal translation (2005) ISBN 978-1590302118; Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh (1991), ISBN 978-0553351392.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609