Buddhist History & Cultural Impact – Classes at UUC
Registration is now open for two courses on the history and cultural impact of Buddhism. Each 8-session course will be taught by Justin Whitaker, Ph.D., at University Unitarian Church on consecutive Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Dr. Whitaker is a scholar in Buddhist Ethics and taught at the University of Montana among other institutions. He was also an active member of the UU Fellowship of Helena before moving to Seattle and UUC this summer.
There is no charge for either course, but please register in advance via the UUC website or call the church office. Course descriptions and dates:
From Buddha to the Dalai Lama – click here to register
A first course in the history and evolution of Buddhism, this class will cover the growth and impact of Buddhism in Asia from its earliest days in India to its establishment in Tibet. Lecture & discussion. The 8-session class will meet weekly on Mondays from 7-9 p.m., October 16 through Dec 11; no class on November 20.
Buddhism Moves West – click here to register
A second course in the history and evolution of Buddhism, this class will cover the growth and impact of Buddhism as it moves from Asia to the west, including adaptations of culture and the influences of WWII, Viet Nam, and current events. The 8-session class will meet weekly on Mondays from 7-9 p.m., January 29 through March 19, 2018.
About the Instructor
Justin Whitaker is the founder of American Buddhist Perspectives, an award-winning blog chronicling Buddhism in the United States and beyond. He has been interviewed by Tricycle Magazine, On Being’s podcast “Creating Our Own Lives” and the Secular Buddhist podcast. Justin holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of London where his work focused on comparing early Buddhist ethics with the work of Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804). Justin has taught at several colleges and universities in the U.S. as well as in India and China. His personal meditation practice has included wide ranging experience in several Buddhist traditions, including Vipassana, Zen, Tibetan and Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing. Currently, he focuses primarily on mindfulness meditation rooted in Buddhist tradition and contemporary science, though he also sits regularly with UUC’s Zen group on Friday mornings. Justin is also an avid photographer and runner. Learn more about Justin.