In this participation-based course, students learn how best to have better lives and society based on the two principles and eight paths of the "Joyful Practice." If people are able to follow what makes them happy, what they really want to do and what they're really interested in, not only their lives will be dazzling, but they will also positively influence other people surrounded, and society will gradually change. We will plot out the path to that gentle revolution together.
The purpose of this course is for students to have both broad humane and social values, and to cultivate the ambition to contribute to the coming era.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) gain understandings through experience of the two principles: the pursuit of happiness and living in the now and the eight paths: body and mind, food and agriculture, nature, dialogue, travel, work, art, and prayer.
2) have chances to explore "Joyful Practice" in their own ways.
Personal Growth, Social Change, Joyful Practice, Follow your bliss, Gentle revolution
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
This is a participatory course, not one-sided knowledge transmission. Each week students will read in advance a certain portion from the textbook "Minna no tanoshii Shugyo" (Joyful Practice) and write mini reports, have dialogues based on them, and deepen their understandings through participatory workshops. Students will achieve deeper learning through participation, experience, and mutual interactions.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Overview of the Joyful Practice. Two principles 1: Follow your bliss.||Reflections on experiences. Read the part for next class and write a mini report.|
|Class 2||Eight paths 1: Tuning of body, breath, and mind.||Reflections on experiences. Read the part for next class and write a mini report.|
|Class 3||Eight paths 2: Food and Farming, 3: Nature experience.||Reflections on experiences. Read the part for next class and write a mini report.|
|Class 4||Eight paths 4: Having dialogues with diverse people||Reflections on experiences. Read the part for next class and write a mini report.|
|Class 5||Eight paths 5: Journey to different world. 6: Finishing tasks in front.||Reflections on experiences. Read the part for next class and write a mini report.|
|Class 6||Eight paths 7: Enjoy being an artist. 8: Prayer and Gratitude.||Reflections on experiences. Read the part for next class and write a mini report.|
|Class 7||Two principles 2: Being here and now mindfully||Reflections on the whole learnings. Write a final report.|
|Class 8||Reflection of whole process by world cafe style||Reflections on the whole process and apply it in daily lives.|
Nakano, Tamio. Joyful Practice. Tokyo:Shunju-sha; ISBN978-4-393-33338-9
Active participation( Including home works):80%, Final report:20%
Interest in broad humanity and spirituality.