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Fall 2014 General Registration: 8/18/14-8/29/14
Spring 2015 Early Registration: 11/10/14-11/21/14

Course Listings for Spring 2014

HR 8317 : Readings in Mahayana Texts: Zen Classic Recorded Sayings and Their Use as Koans 

Instructor(s): Leighton Units: 3.0
This is an Online CourseCourse Level: Intermediate
Our online courses are co-sponsored by the Starr King School for the Ministry

This course will explore “Recorded Sayings” texts from the classic Chan/ Zen masters of the Tang dynasty, roughly 7th to 10th centuries. Readings will feature sermons and dialogues from Mazu, Zhaozhou [Joshu], Dongshan, and Linji [Rinzai], the brilliant masters whose encounters comprise the core of the later Zen koan anthologies. These lively teaching stories are used throughout the Zen tradition to refine experience of awakening and colloquially express complex classic Buddhist teachings. The course will show how these original dialogues from the Recorded Sayings became the roots of the celebrated koan literature through their use in one of its primary collections, the Book of Serenity. We will explore the format and usage of this genre, and its practical application as spiritual literature. Grades based on participation in online discussion, a midterm essay exam, and a final research paper. Prerequisite: some introductory course in Buddhism, including the Mahayana. PIN code required; 15 max. enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission.

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