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.