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Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.
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).
When Offered Spring.
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Credits and Grading Basis
4 Credits Graded(Letter grades only)
Class Number & Section Details
- TR Rockefeller Hall 231
- Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
Instruction Mode: In Person
One course in Asian religions or Religious Studies.
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