Buddhism, Yoga and Spirituality

Our place in the Mandala: who are we that we are interested in mindfulness, yoga and spirituality?

Buddhism, Yoga and Spirituality

In this minor on Buddhism, Yoga and Spirituality, together we explore the mainstreaming of mindfulness, yoga, and the flourishing of various forms of spirituality in an academic frame, including, self-reflexively, our own position. Both the culture dynamics of the reception history and the religious or spiritual content will be considered. In addition, those who feel so inclined will be given the opportunity to engage in some of the practices discussed, such as mindfulness and the practice of yoga. Applications in therapy, business and leadership will also be addressed.

In this minor on Buddhism, Yoga and Spirituality, together we explore the mainstreaming of mindfulness, yoga, and the flourishing of various forms of spirituality in an academic frame, including, self-reflexively, our own position. Both the culture dynamics of the reception history and the religious or spiritual content will be considered. In addition, those who feel so inclined will be given the opportunity to engage in some of the practices discussed, such as mindfulness and the practice of yoga. Applications in therapy, business and leadership will also be addressed.

  1. Buddhism
    This first course in the minor serves as a general introduction to Buddhism.
  2. Buddhism, Mindfulness and Psychology
    In this course we will explore the marriage of convenience between Buddhism and psychology by tracing the reception history and mainstreaming of mindfulness ‘meditation’. This course includes an optional eight-week course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
  3. Buddhist Yoga and the Nature of the Mind: Sources of Buddhist Spirituality
    Central to this seminar is an intriguing if not pivotal binary in many later Buddhist traditions, particularly in Tibet: yoga practices and philosophical reflections concerning the mind and the nature of the ‘mind’.
  4. Yoga, Business and Leadership
    This course familiarizes students with the potential of yoga as a philosophy and practice, through acquiring knowledge about yoga, understanding its main concepts, analysing them, and applying them in the context of business (entrepreneurship) and leadership and reflections for their own practice of self-awareness. This course includes engagements with yoga exercises.
  5. Spirituality Today
    In this course, new contemporary forms of religiosity and spirituality will be explored. This exploration resumes the culture dynamics of the reception history of both Buddhist mindfulness and of yoga outside Asia by subjecting the receiving matrix to a closer scrutiny.

There are no conditions for admission, all Bachelor's students are welcome.

Registration
More information about Admission and Registration. (Dutch: Aanmelden voor een minor).

For more information, please contact the coordinator of this minor:

Dr Henk Blezer
E: h.w.a.blezer@vu.nl

Skills for employment market

Students who are concerned to integrate spiritual practices into therapy, business and leadership, or students who feel that skilfully framing their chosen disciplines and fields of engagement in various different historical, cultural, and in particular religious or spiritual world views and self-understandings are important, if not essential to the growth of our human potential and wholeness as individuals, professionals and society at large, may benefit from adding this minor to their curriculum.

Related Masters

Overview Buddhism, Yoga and Spirituality

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 semester (30 EC)

START DATE

September 1st

FIELD OF INTEREST

Religion

FACULTY

Theology

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