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

Department of Religion, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, USA
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Academic Editor: Beverley Foulks McGuire
Religions 2021, 12(5), 303; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050303
Received: 24 February 2021 / Revised: 21 April 2021 / Accepted: 22 April 2021 / Published: 26 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching in Buddhist Studies)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Buddhist philosophy; Buddhist practice; cognitive science; meditation; Buddhist Modernism; consciousness; selfhood; Buddhism-Cognitive Science Dialogue Buddhist philosophy; Buddhist practice; cognitive science; meditation; Buddhist Modernism; consciousness; selfhood; Buddhism-Cognitive Science Dialogue
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Aviv, E.; Spires, K. Buddhism and Cognitive Sciences in Dialogue: Pedagogical Reflections on Teaching across Disciplines. Religions 2021, 12, 303. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050303

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Aviv E, Spires K. Buddhism and Cognitive Sciences in Dialogue: Pedagogical Reflections on Teaching across Disciplines. Religions. 2021; 12(5):303. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050303

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Aviv, Eyal, and Kaleigh Spires. 2021. "Buddhism and Cognitive Sciences in Dialogue: Pedagogical Reflections on Teaching across Disciplines" Religions 12, no. 5: 303. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050303

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