Antioch Education Abroad--Buddhist Studies in Japan (Consortium Program)

This program, available only in the fall semester (September to December), offers students a unique way to study the history, philosophy, and cultural expressions of Buddhism in Japan. Students also have the opportunity to study Japanese language, to experience directly a variety of Buddhist meditative practices, and to explore their own interests through a directed research project.

Five courses are offered: Philosophy and Historical Development of Buddhism in Japan; Japanese Buddhist Culture (Manifestation of Buddhism in Japanese Culture); Japanese Language; Buddhist Meditation Traditions in Japan (required); Field Research: Selected Topics (required). Students live in Buddhist monasteries and temples in and around the city of Kyoto, so students are expected to follow the lifestyle of a Buddhist monastery. The rigorous daily schedule begins with meditation at 5:30am and concludes with dinner at 6pm.