LIT501 - Chanting Practicum One (3 Units)
Prerequisites: None
Textbook: Reading materials will be provided.
Course Length: 9 week course 
Additional Course Expenses: A moktak and bell (small inkin, handbell, and/or singing bowl); they are useful to have, but not required for the practicum. 

This course offers audio recordings for each chant and some interactive videos that will guide the student each step of the way. 

Chanting practice is an extremely important aspect of the Zen student’s daily liturgy. Newer students sometimes have great difficulty understanding the efficacy of chanting practice. Usually, these doubts and questions subside after chanting for a regular period of time, and most of these students eventually arrive upon a similar understanding of this chanting practice, which is something like, ‘oh! When I completely focus on my voice and the voices around me during chanting I sometimes experience the stopping of all the mental chatter in my head!’

LIT502 - Chanting Practicum Two (3 Units)

Professor: Ven. Do'an Prajna

Prequisites: LIT501

Textbook: None

Course Length: 9 weeks

This is a second level practicum in which chants from the Korean and Vietnamese lineages common to special occasions and ceremonies. Most of the chants covered in this course are chanted in foreign languages, primarily Sino-Korea, but also Vietnamese, Pali and Sanskrit. At most temples and practice centers ceremonies will be performed in the traditional style, so it is important to become familiar with them. As an American or Western Buddhist tradition comes into its own, these ceremonial and special occasion chants will likely be chanted in English. But until that day, much of our chanting will likely move back and forth between English and foreign languages.  A practicum implies "practice", which means that this course is a hands-on and participatory. The student is required to actively engage with the chants in order to benefit from this course. As the student practices the chants in this course, a personal style of chanting is encouraged. Students will be given license to express themselves more freely during their daily liturgy practice. 

LIT503 - Meditation Practicum One (3 Units)
No Prerequisites
Textbook: None
9 week course

We are thrilled that you have taken the opportunity to use this service to strengthen your connection to your inner strength and spirituality!

Each week you will be given meditations to accomplish. We encourage you to dive in wholeheartedly -- with great courage -- so that, gradually, some of these activities will develop into your all important Daily Routine. The daily routines are the fundamental practices that will become your individual daily practice long after you finish your program of study with us.

If you’d like to share the experience with a friend, why not send them a link to the site and they can sign-up too? It can be very helpful when developing a routine to receive support from those around you.

LIT503 - Meditation Practicum Two (3 Units)
Prerequisite: LIT021
Textbook: On Line Resources
9 week course

Each week you will be given meditations to accomplish and gradually some of these activities will develop into your all important Daily Routine.The daily routines are the fundamental practices that when combined become your individual daily practice long after you finish your program. 

We are thrilled that you have taken the opportunity to use this service to strengthen your connection to your inner strength and spirituality. 

Oh, and if you’d like to share the experience with a friend why not send them a link to the site and they can sign-up too. It can be very helpful when developing a routine to receive support from those around you.

LIT504A - Zhàn Zhuāng Qigōng Meditation (3 Units)
Prerequisite: None
Textbook: On Line Resources
10 week course

Éméi Zhàn Zhuāng Qigōng 


During the early Qing era, many monks had traveled to Éméi (峨眉山) mountain and learned the Martial Arts and Nèigōngs (內功) taught there. Neigong practice is normally associated with the so-called “soft style”, “internal” or Nèijiā (內家) Chinese martial arts They eventually reached the Fujian temples and brought this internal martial arts influence there. The tiger based Nèigōngs from Éméi were said to have been brought to Fújiàn Shěng (福建省) by Báiméi (白眉). Today the Báiméi style is a dragon and tiger based martial art.

In 1050 ACE, a monk traveled to the top of Mt Éméi, one of China’s Four Holy Mountains. This monk trained and meditated on Éméi and, when he realized liberation, took the name Báiyún (White Cloud). Chàn Master Báiyún Shŏuduān (白雲守) wrote all his sacred knowledge, including his system designed to cultivate health and treat illness while striving to attain enlightenment, in a book called “The Éméi Treasured Lotus Cannon” which is currently being held in a Beijing Museum. Báiyún’s art consists of The Twelve Ways, The Six Tiger Steps (or Tiger Walking), Meditations, Healing Sounds, Medicine, Weapons, etc. Éméi neigong emphasizes healing, internal self-cultivation of Qi ((氣) energy), and the cleansing of one's heart so that one's true nature and latent abilities can emerge. In the Éméi system, the 12 Zhuang - Ways (or Paths), commonly known as 12 posts, are the Body Cultivation. These are specific short sets designed to un-lock and holistically link the body while keeping it healthy and strong. They are like India’s Yogic practices but of Chinese origin. In the Éméi system it is the Snake that binds the 12 Zhuāng and Éméi Art together. Per the 12th generation Grandmaster Fu Wei Zhong, the Mother of the 12 Ways is the Zhàn zhuāng (Heaven Post). According to Fu Wei Zhong: “Zhàn Za Zhuāng is to Éméi just as San Ti Shi is to Xing Yi”. The last Zhuāng in the Éméi art, Mei Za Zhuāng, is based on Meditation practice, one of four different types of meditations that the Éméi practitioner studies at that level. The Éméi 6 sets of Tiger Walking exercises are the 12 Ways for the Lower Half and uniting the Upper and Lower Half. Éméi Weaponry comes in three forms: Sword, Short Blade (Dagger) and Hand Spike, with the long weapons not being practical in the Éméi dense and mountainous terrain.

LIT505 - Buddhist Ceremonies (3 Units)
No Prerequisites: Chanting Practicum I and II
Textbook: Zen Liturgy - Korean Zen Practice Forms
9 week course 

LIT506 - BuddhistHomiletics(3 Units)No PrerequisitesTextbook: On Line Resources9 week courseHomiletics is the study of the composition and delivery of a sermon or other religious discourse. It includes all forms of preaching, viz., the sermon, homily and catechetical instruction.It may be further defined as the study of the analysis, classification, preparation, composition and delivery of sermons.The "Standard Dictionary" defines Homiletics as "that branch of rhetoric that treats of the composition and delivery of sermons or homilies". This definition was particularly influential in the 19th century among such thinkers as John Broadus. Thinkers such as Karl Barth have resisted this definition, maintaining that homiletics should retain a critical distance from rhetoric. The homiletics/rhetoric relationship has been a major issue in homiletic theory since the mid-20th century.On occasion there is a formal Dharma Talk at each of our Zen Centers. A student who has taken the Five Precepts, has been practicing steadily for some time, and is familiar with our particular style of teaching usually gives the talk. The talk should last about twenty minutes, after which there is a period for questions. When the Guiding Teacher is at the Zen Center, the Guiding Teacher will answer them. When the Guiding Teacher is not, a Senior Dharma Teacher answers them. Questions are directed to the Dharma Teacher but may also be asked of the student who gave the talk, so there are always two people involved in the presentation.
LIT507 - Buddhist Precepts (3 Units) 
Prerequisites: None
9 week course 

In this 21st Century Quantum Physical World why observe Buddhist Precepts? Taking refuge in the 3 Jewels is the initial step in becoming a Buddhist and following the precepts forms the foundation of the path. Buddhists practitioners observe various levels of precepts, depending upon each individual’s level of commitment to the path. The initial refuge in the 3 Jewels signifies the starting point on the path of the eradication of suffering and the awakening of not just one’s self but all sentient beings. Taking precepts can be compared to military personnel adhering to the rules of military law or citizens of a particular country abiding by the common law of their society. The difference between the first two approaches and the Buddhist approach is that the military rules or the common laws are external restrictions whereas the Buddhist precepts spring forth from a practice of self–discipline which eventually can become self regulated.
LIT508 - The Vinaya(3 units)Textbook: Research on Independent Approved topicsSelf Paced Course