[Buddha-l] Question for acedemic teachers of Buddhism

Richard Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Tue Jun 24 09:28:25 MDT 2008

On Mon, 2008-06-23 at 18:36 -0600, jkirk wrote:

> I wonder how critical the Buddhist Studies program is at Naropa,
> for example.

>From what I know of the folks who teach Buddhism there, their approach
is critical in the very best sense of the word. It is helpful to
remember that the word "critical" simply means exercising (good)
judgment. The folks at Naropa are good at that exercise.

>  By comparison, I wonder how equanimous a course on
> religion might be if taught at Notre Dame University's
> Comparative Religions course, if there is one.

Yes, there is such a program, and it has an excellent reputation.

I think if you wanted to find a deeply biased view of world religions,
you might have to look at something like Liberty University or Bob Jones
University. You're not likely to find unreasonably biased approaches to
religious studies in any accredited university. You may, however, find
things taught that do not please all people.

Richard Hayes
Department of Philosophy
University of New Mexico

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