Zen in Japan: Dōgen and the History of Zen Buddhism
09/12/2007 - 12/12/2007
Wednesday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Dōgen (1200-1253), the founder of the Japanese Sōtō sect of Zen Buddhism, has been recognized not only as a key figure in Japanese Zen, but as one of the greatest thinkers of all time. His ideas continue to influence the practice of Zen Buddhism for monastic and lay practitioners alike. This course will give students a brief background in Buddhism, and then examine the evolution of Chan Buddhism in China and how Dōgen changed it to become Japanese Zen. Through a number of secondary and primary sources, we will pay particular attention to the lines between monastic and lay practitioners, and to issues of "domesticity" for both. We also will examine the religious and philosophical implications of Dōgen's ideas in these respects.
Readings include John McRae, Seeing Through Zen; Kazuaki Tanahashi, Enlightenment Unfolds; Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught; Peter Hershock, Chen Buddhism; Elizabeth A. Clark, History, Theory, Text.
A syllabus for this course is available at:
William Johnston (B.A. Elmira College; M.A., Ph.D. Harvard University) is professor of East Asian studies, history, science and society, and chair of history. He is also the author of Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star: A Woman, Sex, and Morality in Modern Japan (2004) and The Modern Epidemic: A History of Tuberculosis in Japan (1995).
Consent of Instructor Required: No
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 3||Enrollment Limit: 18|
Texts to purchase for this course:
Jeffrey Broughton, THE BODHIDHARMA ANTHOLOGY (University of California Press), Paperback
Steven Heine, DID DOGEN GO TO CHINA? (Oxford University Press), Paperback
Peter Hershock, CHAN BUDDHISM (University of Hawaii Press), Paperback
Hee-Jin Kim, EIHEI DOGEN: MYSTICAL REALIST (Wisdom), Paperback
John McRae, SEEING THROUGH ZEN (University of California Press), Paperback
Wong Mou-Lam, THE DIAMOND SUTRA AND THE SUTRA OF HUI-NENG (Shambala), Paperback
Red Pine (Bill Porter), THE HEART SUTRA (Shoemaker & Hoard), Paperback
Kazuaki Tanahashi, ENLIGHTENMENT UNFOLDS (Shambala), Paperback
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