Asia Program Course Descriptions
1) PHIL 297: Practices of Tibetan Buddhism (3 credits)
The focus of the course is on the practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Students are introduced to the foundation practices through a book written by Tibetan meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, which blends personal testimonies with detailed instructions on foundational teachings. Students are instructed in how to begin meditation practice through a series of exercises in the book. The course culminates in a 10-day silent meditation retreat at the Tushita Meditation Center in Dharamsala, India. Throughout the Youth International program, students also have occasions to visit Buddhist temples and monasteries, and to observe religious practices.
2) OUTD 189: Principles of Outdoor Recreation (3 credits)
Students undertake several outdoor pursuits throughout these 3 months, including a 9-day trek in the Himalayas in Nepal, a 3-day camel safari in the Thar Desert in India. They receive instruction in water-based skills and safety, including white-water rafting, kayaking, and snorkeling. The course also explores the characteristics of wilderness and back‐country environments in terms of potential hazards and human capability for adverse impact on resource lands. The course is designed to create an outdoor education foundation and to enhance the knowledge of and appreciation for the natural environment so that safe, responsible and enjoyable outdoor adventures are possible.