Fall 2012 second year seminars HOPR 1953

HOPR 2953, Section 901
Choosing for the Present and the Future:  An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality and Discernment
Susan Mountin, Director, Manresa for Faculty, Center for Teaching and Learning

Making choices about majors, career fields, vocations, relationships, behaviors and even attitudes can be daunting for college students.  Pressures come from family, peers, society, and the media.  The founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), St. Ignatius of Loyola, gleaned from his own life path a way to understand his experience and make choices, leading to his vocation.  Through his own detours and false starts Ignatius was able to trace how God worked within his own life shaping his future. St. Ignatius documented this experience in the Spiritual Exercises.  He spent much of his ministry having “conversations” with individuals to help them grow in their ability to discern how God’s spirit works in and through their everyday human experience to help guide them in the decisions that they make.  While students will not experience the Spiritual Exercises in their fullness in this class, they will get a taste of what St. Ignatius experienced through reflecting on their experience and the use of their imagination in prayerful reflection. This seminar will introduce students to the life of St. Ignatius and provide them with the opportunity to learn about methods of discernment steeped in Ignatian spirituality.  

HOPR 2953, Section 902 and 903

Section 902: John Su , English Department
Section 903: Theresa Tobin, Philosophy Department

Both Sections Reserved for Ethics in Theory and Practice (ETP)
Living and Learning Program.
More Information about ETP

In this contemplative seminar we will be exploring the notion of (social) privilege and its relationship to social justice and personal morality.  In our society, the history of power, domination and oppression of certain groups has set the stage for the privileged racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identity/orientation groups we have today.  We will explore this history and social dynamic as it functions today in the USA and in Milwaukee.  The course will approach the topic both from traditional academic perspectives and also from contemplative/meditative perspectives.

HOPR 2953, Section 904
Alice Gormley, Serials Librarian, Raynor Memorial Libraries

The aim of this course is to introduce students to meditation practices and to explore what these practices can mean in our lives. Buddhism has developed meditation techniques through many traditions in its 2500-year history.Emphasis will be on learning to practice mindfulness/calm-abiding meditations common to all paths of Buddhism and exploring how meditation fits into the main themes of Buddhist teachings, as well as how it might fit into other religions or spiritual traditions, seeing where meditation might fit into a full life of learning, professional activity, and service.

HOPR 2953, Section 904
Heather Hathaway, Associate Professor, English

Do you know where you’re headed?  Do you know why?  Walking the labyrinth as a form of meditation may help you find out.  What is a labyrinth?  A labyrinth is a winding path, typically circular, that leads to a center and back out again.  We bring to the labyrinth our problems, concerns, worries, fears—and in the process of walking the journey—seek clarity, spiritual wholeness, calm.

HOPR 2953, Section 906
Miriam Hall, Contemplative Arts teacher based out of Madison, Wisconsin

“Miksang” is Tibetan for “good eye.”  It is a contemplative photography course that has been developed in Shambhala (Tibetan-American) Buddhist centers over the last 20 years and is making its premiere appearance in a University setting. Miksang is a perception course that uses the camera as a tool for witnessing our minds in action. In Miksang, we will learn rubrics for shooting and seeing clearly, then do shoots on our own. The “good eye” of Miksang is a non-judgmental, impartial, to do with the clarity, the truth of our perceptions, rather than our preferences. In the discussions, we bring in readings to compare how Buddhist philosophy discusses the nature of perception, as compared to our experience of it (documented through our cameras).



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