HR-3040 Zen Buddhism: Intro to Zen Meditation:
This is an introductory course aimed at developing a sound basic understanding of Zen Buddhist meditation practices and the central teachings they express. We will study teachings on the Soto Zen practice of shikantaza “just sitting” as well as koan practice in both the Soto and Rinzai traditions and mediation practice as it occurs in ritual, bowing, and ordinary activities such as cooking. Participation in meditation practice is as well as class discussions of traditional and contemporary literature on Zen practice and how they relate to fundamental Buddhist teachings are essential aspects of the class. Visits to at least one local Zen Buddhist temple will be included. Course Format: Lecture/seminar. Method of Eval: Class participation and weekly reflection papers and final paper. MM/MDiv/MTS. PhD/DMin/ThD with additional requirements. There are no prerequisites for this class.