Buddhism and Cognitive Sciences in Dialogue: Pedagogical Reflections on Teaching across Disciplines

In this essay, we, a professor and a student, share our experience of teaching and learning in a class on Buddhism and cognitive science at George Washington University. Our goal is not to argue for one approach over others, but to present a guide on this particular class experience. We offer a desc...

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Published in:Religions
Authors: Aviv, Eyal ; Spires, Kaleigh
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: MDPI 2021
In: Religions
Year: 2021, Volume: 12, Issue: 5
Further subjects:B Cognitive Science
B Buddhist Modernism
B Consciousness
B Meditation
B Buddhist Philosophy
B Buddhism-Cognitive Science Dialogue
B Selfhood
B Buddhist Practice
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Summary:In this essay, we, a professor and a student, share our experience of teaching and learning in a class on Buddhism and cognitive science at George Washington University. Our goal is not to argue for one approach over others, but to present a guide on this particular class experience. We offer a description of the course and deliberate on the complexities related to the subject matter. Using empirical data from a survey conducted after the commencement of the course, we reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the class and how it could improve. This essay provides a possible template for other faculty members interested in teaching a similar course to extend the dialogue to a new generation of young scholars.
ISSN:2077-1444
Contains:Enthalten in: Religions
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.3390/rel12050303