Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Jun 13, 2024  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ASIAN 3316 - Zen Buddhism: Ecology, Sustainability and Daily Life

(crosslisted) RELST 3416  
(GHB) (KCM-AS)      
Spring. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Co-meets with ASIAN 6616 /RELST 6616 .

J. M. Law.

This course explores the Zen’s central religious, historical and aesthetic developments. We read primary sources in translation and secondary sources. We examine the rise of the Ch’an tradition in China and the development of Northern and Southern Schools. In Japan, we examine the establishment of Zen in the Kamakura period, through the development of both Rinzai and Soto Zen, and early transmissions of Chinese texts and practices to Japan through Japanese emissaries. We study the lives and writings of Eisai and Dôgen, and explore how their works influenced later developments in Zen. Next we read works by Hakuin. Last, we study how Zen is implicated in Japanese fascism and later, postwar identity discourses. Finally, we look at Zen in an American context. This course is being taught both as an integrated arts in the curriculum course in collaboration with the Johnson Art Museum and is also part of a “Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum.”  An optional 10-day trip to Japan to spend time in Zen temples and a monastery will be offered to students.  Furthermore, students studying Japanese  language can sign up for an optional 1-credit language course exploring Zen practice and arts vocabulary (JAPAN 2216 ). (RL)

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