• LIT501 - Chanting Practicum One (3 Units)
     
    Prerequisites: None
    Textbook: Five Mountain Traditional Chanting Booklet (Purchase or Free Download with Course)
    Course Length: 9 week course 
    Additional Course Expenses: A moktak if you don't have one is nice to have but not required, the books are available for download or for purchase if one wants a hard copy.

    This course offers downloadable mp3s for each chant and interactive videos that will guide the student each step of the way. The chanting books are available as purchase or in downloadable format.

    Chanting practice is an extremely important aspect of the Zen student’s daily liturgy. Newer students sometimes have great difficulty understanding the efficacy of chanting practice. Usually, these doubts and questions subside after chanting for a regular period of time, and most of these students eventually arrive upon a similar understanding of this chanting practice, which is something like, ‘oh! When I completely focus on my voice and the voices around me during chanting I sometimes experience the stopping of all the mental chatter in my head!’


  • LIT502 - Chanting Practicum Two (3 Units)
    Lay Practitioner Lay Practitioner Path
    Lay Minister Deacon Path
    Monastic Path Monastic Path
     
    Prerequisites: LIT101
    Textbook: Five Mountain Traditional Chanting Booklet
    Course Length: 9 week course 

    This course offers downloadable mp3's for each chant and interactive videos that will guide the student each step of the way. The chanting books are available as purchase or in downloadable format.

    Chanting practice is an extremely important aspect of the Zen student’s daily liturgy. Newer students sometimes have great difficulty understanding the efficacy of chanting practice. Usually, these doubts and questions subside after chanting for a regular period of time, and most of these students eventually arrive upon a similar understanding of this chanting practice, which is something like, ‘oh! When I completely focus on my voice and the voices around me during chanting I sometimes experience the stopping of all the mental chatter in my head!’


  • LIT503 - Meditation Practicum One (3 Units)
    No Prerequisites
    Textbook: None
    9 week course

    We are thrilled that you have taken the opportunity to use this service to strengthen your connection to your inner strength and spirituality!

    Each week you will be given meditations to accomplish. We encourage you to dive in wholeheartedly -- with great courage -- so that, gradually, some of these activities will develop into your all important Daily Routine. The daily routines are the fundamental practices that will become your individual daily practice long after you finish your program of study with us.

    If you’d like to share the experience with a friend, why not send them a link to the site and they can sign-up too? It can be very helpful when developing a routine to receive support from those around you.

    Course will be taught by: Professor Bill Charama Murphy


  • LIT503 - Meditation Practicum Two (3 Units)
    Prerequisite: LIT021
    Textbook: On Line Resources
    9 week course

    Each week you will be given meditations to accomplish and gradually some of these activities will develop into your all important Daily Routine. The daily routines are the fundamental practices that when combined become your individual daily practice long after you finish your program.

    We are thrilled that you have taken the opportunity to use this service to strengthen your connection to your inner strength and spirituality.

    Oh, and if you’d like to share the experience with a friend why not send them a link to the site and they can sign-up too. It can be very helpful when developing a routine to receive support from those around you.

    Course will be taught by:


  • LIT505 - Buddhist Ceremonies (3 Units)
    No Prerequisites: Chanting Practicum I and II
    Textbook: Zen Liturgy - Korean Zen Practice Forms
    9 week course 
  • LIT506 - Buddhist Homiletics (3 Units)
    No Prerequisites
    Textbook: On Line Resources

    9 week course

    Homiletics is the study of the composition and delivery of a sermon or other religious discourse. It includes all forms of preaching, viz., the sermon, homily and catechetical instruction.

    It may be further defined as the study of the analysis, classification, preparation, composition and delivery of sermons. The "Standard Dictionary" defines Homiletics as "that branch of rhetoric that treats of the composition and delivery of sermons or homilies". This definition was particularly influential in the 19th century among such thinkers as John Broadus. Thinkers such as Karl Barth have resisted this definition, maintaining that homiletics should retain a critical distance from rhetoric. The homiletics/rhetoric relationship has been a major issue in homiletic theory since the mid-20th century.

    On occasion there is a formal Dharma Talk at each of our Zen Centers. A student who has taken the Five Precepts, has been practicing steadily for some time, and is familiar with our particular style of teaching usually gives the talk. The talk should last about twenty minutes, after which there is a period for questions. When the Guiding Teacher is at the Zen Center, the Guiding Teacher will answer them. When the Guiding Teacher is not, a Senior Dharma Teacher answers them. Questions are directed to the Dharma Teacher but may also be asked of the student who gave the talk, so there are always two people involved in the presentation.


  • LIT507 - Buddhist Precepts (3 Units) 
    Prerequisites: None
    9 week course 

    In this 21st Century Quantum Physical World why observe Buddhist Precepts? Taking refuge in the 3 Jewels is the initial step in becoming a Buddhist and following the precepts forms the foundation of the path. Buddhists practitioners observe various levels of precepts, depending upon each individual’s level of commitment to the path. The initial refuge in the 3 Jewels signifies the starting point on the path of the eradication of suffering and the awakening of not just one’s self but all sentient beings. Taking precepts can be compared to military personnel adhering to the rules of military law or citizens of a particular country abiding by the common law of their society. The difference between the first two approaches and the Buddhist approach is that the military rules or the common laws are external restrictions whereas the Buddhist precepts spring forth from a practice of self–discipline which eventually can become self regulated.
  • LIT508 - The Vinaya (3 units)
    Textbook: Research on Independent Approved topics 
    Self Paced Course