This course introduces students to a living Buddhist tradition most commonly known in the West as "Zen." This course will focus on the history and development of Chan/Zen doctrines, practices, goals, and institutions. Upon successful completion of this course, students should have a critical understanding of Chan/Zen as well as a good grasp of Chan/Zen self-understanding. The last section of this course will focus on contemporary experiences of Chan/Zen in China, Korea, and the United States.
Triad: Philosophy/Religion, Language/Global Issues, or College Composition II
Prerequisite: One prior course in Religious Studies or permission of the instructor.