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"Contemporary Buddhist Traditions"
Original Course dates: April 4-May 9, 2013
Course Instructors:  Ruben Habito, Helen Cortes, and Jacqueline Roemer

Ruben L.F. Habito:  Founding Teacher of the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas

Helen A. Cortes: Guiding Teacher of the Tulsa Zen Sangha, and an Oblate of the Osage Forest of Peace Monastery

Jacqueline Roemer: Director of Bodhicharya Oklahoma, based in Tulsa, and a Teacher of Tibetan Buddhist meditation technique


This course will constitute a study of classical and contemporary expressions of Buddhism. It will introduce participants to Buddhist doctrine and to meditative practice in the Japanese Zen and Tibetan Vajrayana traditions, under the guidance of qualified teachers. The course will conclude with a consideration of Buddhist prospects and tasks in North America and around the globe in the 21st Century.

Participants in the course will:

  • be able to sketch the major contours in the historical development of Buddhism globally;
  • understand the role of the Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) in early Buddhist practice and explain significant differences in their interpretation;
  • outline the historical backgrounds of and contemporary developments in Zen and Tibetan Buddhism;
  • visit a Buddhist temple and converse with Buddhists about their tradition.
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