Zen and the Art of Physical Maintenance

Sustainable Spirituality, Philosophy, Psychology, and Martial Arts in Craftsmanship and Stewardship

Class Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays:  3pm -4pm

Class Room:   TBA  (Gmail, Skype, Facebook)

Professor Walton D. Stowell II, M.A.

Office:  Facebook

Office Hours:  Tues & Thurs 12 noon – 1 pm

In this esoteric course we will study Zen, Karma, Dharma, the Doctrine of Reciprocal Maintenance, and many other mental and spiritual concepts that can help us as individuals in preservation work during our life time. We will study the mind’s relationship with our own bodies, natural environment, and our built environment. How do moods, attitudes, and  behavior habits affect our work? Which ones do we want to foster in our own careers and lives?

Required Texts:  Books on Buddhism (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), Books on Hinduism, Books on Philosophy, and related texts to be chosen from a list during the course.

Course Requirements:

Grades for this course will be determined in fourths by class attendance, participation, assignments, and tests.  There will be a minimum of 3 projects and 3 tests (including the Final Exam).  The Final Exam will be given at the scheduled time during finals week.

The grading scale for the course will be as follows:

Completed = Pass

Accepted Pending Revisions = (APR) Needs some more work

Incomplete = Does Not Pass inspection, too much missing data or errors

Attendance Policy:

All of the vital information for the tests and the final exam will be gone over in class postings, in-class discussions, and question-and-answer.  Therefore regular attendance and note taking is required for mastering the material.  Legitimate excuses received will be honored for some absences, however unexcused absences will result in grade reduction accordingly (ratio to percent).  The more absences, the greater the grade reduction.

Tests and Projects:

Test topics will be taken from lectures on the readings, and question-and-answer class discussions.

The majority of test questions and short essays will be based on the readings as discussed in class.

Projects will include:  art and written essay reports.

Project research and investigation will count towards the overall participation grade.

Final Exam:

A series of long essay questions based on the readings, class discussions, and projects.

Tentative Class Schedule Segments:

1.  Introduction / Reading assignments

2.  Begin Project 1

3.  Development / Discussion / Refinement

4.  Show Project 1 / Test 1

5.  Begin Project 2

6.  Development / Discussion / Refinement

7.  Show Project 2 / Test 2

8.  Conclusions / Discussion / Test 3 = Final Exam

Warning: In many ways this is an alternative class, and student beliefs may be challenged; the subjects are widely debatable due to their controversial natures.





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