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    Vassar College
  Feb 21, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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PHIL 121 - Introduction to Zen: Literature and Culture

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)

(Same as CHJA 121 ) Zen Buddhism was originated in China and subsequently spread to the rest of East Asia, including Japan. Zen Buddhism has significantly shaped cultural practice in East Asia. This course introduces some of the major works of Chinese and Japanese Zen literature, including philosophical works, dialogues, and poetry. We reflect on the philosophy behind Zen practice and the nature of Zen experience. We also discuss Zen’s influence on literature and other forms of art, including tea ceremony and flower arrangement. By taking this course, you (1) gain general understanding of Zen Buddhism and (2) advance your analytical thinking and writing skills.

All readings and discussions are in English.

Two 75-minute periods.

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