Zen and Chan Buddhism (BDST2613)


This unit explores the thought and practice of Zen (Japanese) and Chan (Chinese) Buddhism. In the first part of the unit we examine the formation of Chan Buddhism in China. In the second half we focus on two major figures in the history of Japanese Zen (Dogen and Hakuin). We then turn to key transitions in the 20th century.

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x1250wd mid semester draft (25%), 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 500wd) (10%), 1x1750wd research essay (35%), 1x1000wd mid semester test (20%), tutorial participation (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from ANTH, ASNS, BBCL,CHNS, GCST, RLST, PHIL1011, PHIL1013 or SCLG

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