This unit will discuss the doctrines and concepts central to two different, but related traditions: Zen Buddhism and Taoism. It will examine the historical rise and development of these traditions through a critical study of the classics of Bodhidharma, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu and Dogen. The unit also explores the philosophical and the intellectual roots and phases of Zen - from India to China to Japan - and Taoism - from the early Taoists and the recluses to Lao Tzu and on to Chuang Tzu and the Neo-Taoists - and their relations to other traditions such as Indian Mahayana Buddhism and Confucianism, as well as to each other.
ASSESSMENT: Tutorial presentation with 500-word essay (10%), 2000-word essay (40%) and 3-hr exam (50%)
TEACHING PATTERN: Semester 2
2-hr lecture per week and 1-hr tutorial fortnightly over 13-weeks
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS Note: Class attendance may still be required
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