Exploring Theories and Meditative Practices from Psychology & Spirituality

Directors: Will Adams, Psychology & Dan Scheid, Theology


Fall 2019

PSYC 260C Psychology, Religion & Spirituality (MWF - 10:00) Will Adams

An exploration of psychological perspectives on religious experiences, beliefs, and practices. The course will consider religious/spiritual approaches to phenomena such as meaning-making, self and others, consciousness, relationship, love, suffering, death, faith, reason, Spirit/God/Mystery (by whatever name), socio-political ramifications of doctrine, social engagement and justice, the natural world, meditative/contemplative practices, and personal and cultural transformation. No prerequisites required.

THEO 210C Buddhist-Christian Dialogue (MWF - 11:00) Dan Scheid

This course explores some of the key reasons for and approaches to Buddhist-Christian dialogue, with an emphasis on Zen Buddhism and Catholic Christianity. We will begin with a brief introduction to each religious tradition and to their founders, Buddha and Jesus. Then we will turn to contemporary figures and what Buddhists and Christians have learned from each other through dialogue. There will be a particular focus on two areas: 1) meditative practices and 2) addressing climate change. This course will partner with the Zen Center of Pittsburgh, and we will regularly engage in various meditations during class.

UCOR 101C Thinking & Writing (TTh - 9:25) TBA

Practice in analysis and expression in many disciplines, as preparation for other work in the university-wide integrated Core Curriculum and for later courses throughout the university.