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From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: Dgen and Buddhism's Place in the World
HIST 356
Spring 2013 not offered
Crosslisting: EAST 356, RELI 356

Dgen (1200-1253), the founder of the Japanese St 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 Dgen 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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(RELI)

Last Updated on MAY-29-2024
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