What is Buddhism? What is Zen Buddhism? This course will serve to introduce students to the teachings of Zen Buddhism. The philosophical underpinnings of the religion will be discussed, important figures in the history of Zen will be studied, and the importance of practice will be stressed.
I will do my best to make sure most (if not all) course materials are free to access on the internet. These materials will include both videos and texts.
Due to my democratic inclinations, I want this course to be as open as possible. I will make more "official" or "authoritative" posts when I see fit, but I really want this to be a mutual learning experience. Be sure to upvote posts that you feel help your understanding of the subject.
I'm going to make the most of this course and I hope you will too!
- no lectures added
No prerequisites. I only ask that you have a willingness to learn.
This syllabus will continue to be updated up until the class starts
Class will start early January (haven't decided on the exact date yet)
- Introduction to Zen
- Influences from traditional Buddhism
- Influences from other Chinese schools of thought (primarily Taoism)
- Westerners' attraction to and influence on Zen
B.S. in Psychology
A course on World Religions
A significant portion of my schooling was philosophy classes, which oftentimes included religious thought