"The core curriculum consists of primary texts"
The University offers an integrated curriculum that weaves together ten distinct strands: Buddhist Classics, Western Classics, Indian Classics, Chinese Classics, Language, Mathematics, Natural Science, Rhetoric and Writing, Music, and Capstone. The core curriculum consists of primary texts—Buddhist, Western, Indian, and Chinese Classics—studied and discussed in a proseminar setting, conducted in the spirit of shared interpretive inquiry. Through a close reading of primary classics, students are able to enter into the dynamic dialogues from which many of these texts emerged. They engage the material more intimately, as if sitting as participant-observers in discourses that stimulated critical inquiry and self-reflection then and reanimate it now.
"invigorates them to reexamine their own capacities, goals, questions, and concerns"
Regardless of the subject matter, all classes aim to encourage and guide students in their efforts to activate their inherent wisdom and capacity for direct and personal understanding. To this end, students and faculty interact closely as they mutually explore through dialogue and discourse. Discussion is intended to create a lively yet respectful atmosphere in which to clarify, present, exchange, and challenge ideas. Such thoughtful exchange is enhanced by training in the art of thinking, writing, and speaking effectively—the aim of the Rhetoric and Writing strand.
Graduates of this program acquire a breadth of knowledge, intellectual skills, habits of mind, and ethical sensibilities that are essential to success in almost any endeavor. They are equipped to be active, thoughtful, and caring citizens of the larger world and smaller communities to which they belong. They might enrich their lives with appreciation of one or more of the arts, engage in informed discussion on vital issues of our time, and form considered opinions on emerging trends in the fields of science, technology, education, and public policy. Overall, they will be ready to play a meaningful role in society and to enjoy a life that is purposeful, productive, and humane.