Sep 23, 2018  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
    
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

LANG 260 - The Art of Zen

(3 credits)
Prerequisite: COMM 102 or COMM 130 or COMM 250 or THEA 210; or consent of instructor
This course is designed for students to cultivate a capacity for deepened awareness, concentration and insight through the study and practice of various contemplative traditions and practices in Japanese culture. The course examines the historical backgrounds in which contemplative arts have flourished in Japan. The medieval military leaders’ embrace of Zen Buddhism and a consequent flourish of Zen-influenced Japanese contemplative arts reveal the complexity of Japan’s cultural identities. Students closely study the historical contexts in which social identities played critical roles in the development of Zen Art in Japanese culture. No knowledge of Japanese language or history is required. Offered annually. (CGCL; CHUM; CMCL; CSPI)