Zen Buddhism: Introduction To Zen Buddhist Meditation
This is an introductory course aimed at developing a sound basic understanding of and experience in Zen Buddhist meditation practices. We will explore teachings on the Soto Zen practice of shikantaza “just sitting” as well as koan practice in both the Soto and Rinzai traditions. Participation in meditation practice as well as discussion of traditional and contemporary literature on Zen meditation practice are essential aspects of the class. We will read and discuss writings that focus on Zen meditation practice as it occurs in ritual, bowing, and ordinary, everyday activities such as cooking. We will also consider Zen meditation practices as they relate to fundamental Buddhist teachings and practices. There are no prerequisites for this course.