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Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.
This course explores the intentional removal of oneself from society as expressed in East Asian Buddhist literature, through the acts of hermits and pilgrims. We read the diaries, essays, autobiographies, and poetry of recluse monks and nuns from China, Korea and Japan, and the musings of pilgrims through the ages in these countries, with special attention to Japan. Last, we examine how the actions of many of these writers influenced the American counter-culture movement in the 1960's and into the present. We inquire what light these writings can shed on "the great resignation" of recent years, and "quiet quitting" as a response to late capitalism, ecosystem collapse and climate change and social upheaval in our current times. Many of the figures we read were directly critiquing social excess and materialism, and these writings offer surprising assessments of our current age.
When Offered Spring.
Distribution Category (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Course Subfield (RL)
Regular Academic Session. Combined with: RELST 3331
Credits and Grading Basis
3 Credits Graded(Letter grades only)
Class Number & Section Details
- MW Rockefeller Hall 343
- Jan 23 - May 9, 2023
Instruction Mode: In Person
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