Introduction to Zen
Instructor: Steve Odin
Semester: Fall 2009
Introduction to Zen
1. Shinto Background
2. Background in Indian, Chinese & Korean Zen/Chan schools
3. Background in Shingon, Tendai, Pure Land, & Nichiren schools
4. Dôgen's Sôtô Zen (Kasulis: Zen Action/Zen Person).
1. Dôgen (continued)
first short paper due
2.. Introduction to Rinzai Zen.(Suzuki: Zen & Japanese Culture)
4. Zen & Japanese Aesthetics (Odin: Artistic Detachment in Japan & the West)
1. Zen & Japanese art
2. Zen & Bushidô
second short paper due
3. Introduction to the modern Zen philosophy of Nishida & the Kyoto school
(Odin: The Social Self in Zen & American Philosophy, ch. 1 & 2)
1. Review & Oral Presentations
final paper due (Monday, Dec. 8, 2009)
Grading System: 25% Reading/Participation/Attendance;.25% 2 Short Papers (4 Pages); Final Paper (15 Pages); Take-Home Final Exam
Kasulis, T. Zen Action/Zen Person
Odin, S. Artistic Detachment in Japan & the West
The Social Self in Zen & American Pragmatism
Suzuki, D. T. Zen & Japanese Culture
Student Learning Objectives will include (i) demonstrated knowledge of the Sino-Japanese tradition of Zen/Chan Buddhism; (ii) the ability to articulate the basic concepts of Zen/Chan philosophy, both through verbal and written presentations.
Plagiarism includes but is not limited to submitting, in fulfillment of an academic requirement, any work that has been copied in whole or in part from another individual's work without attributing that borrowed portion to the individual; neglecting to identify as a quotation another's idea and particular phrasing that was not assimilated into the student's language and style or paraphrasing a passage so that the reader is misled as to the source; submitting the same written or oral or artistic material in more than one course without obtaining authorization from the instructors involved; or "drylabbing," which includes obtaining and using experimental data and laboratory write-ups from other sections of a course or from previous terms. (The University of Hawaii Student Conduct Code) Any student who plagiarizes in this course will receive a failing grade and will be referred to the Dean of Students. To keep out of harm's way in this area cite your sources and when you quote use quotation marks.
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