From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: Dôgen and Buddhism's Place in the World|
Spring 2009 not offered
EAST 356, RELI 356|
Dôgen (1200 - 1253), the founder of the Japanese Sôtô sect of Zen Buddhism, has been recognized not only as a key figure in Japanese Zen, but as one of the greatest thinkers of all time. His ideas continue to influence the practice of Zen Buddhism for monastic and lay practitioners alike. This course will give students a brief background in Buddhism and then examine the evolution of Chan Buddhism in China and how Dôgen changed it to become Japanese Zen. Through a number of secondary and primary sources, we will pay particular attention to the lines between monastic and lay practitioners and to issues of domesticity for both. We also will examine the religious and philosophical implications of his ideas in these respects.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
John McRae, SEEING THROUGH ZEN
Kazuaki Tanahashi, ENLIGHTENMENT UNFOLDS
Walpola Rahula, WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT
Peter Hershock, CHEN BUDDHISM
Elizabeth A. Clark, HISTORY, THEORY, TEXT
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students with interests and previous courses in religion, philosophy, historiography, or literary theory are encouraged to consider this course. A two-page essay explaining the student's reasons for wanting to take the course is required to receive the POI form.