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Zen Masters and Criticism (AS/RE 250)

This course invites students to examine the figure of the Zen Buddhist master as a literary and performative figure. In addition to a broad overview of the historical development of Zen Buddhism, students use case studies of Zen masters to explore questions of power, authority, and gender. Students read Stephen Addiss’s “Zen Sourcebook: Traditional Documents from China, Korea, and Japan”, and Jack Kerouac’s “The Dharma Bums”. This blog is a biography and critique of 15 contemporary Zen masters.

The following are some sample posts:

Alexandra HochShunryu Suzuki

Benjamin StevensMaurine Stuart

Claire BelisleJoshu Sasaki

Karl Hubig: Yasutani Hakuun

Matthew StaiAngie Boissevain

Samuel HohenshellRichard Baker

Wassim Askoul: Mas Oyama