Although commonly thought of as Japanese and known in America by it’s Japanese name, Zen, Chan Buddhism was truly “made in China” and was heavily influenced by Daoism. Chan has had a profound influence on Chinese and East Asian art and thought, but this philosophy remains relevant to modern life in both the East and West. Students will be introduced to the spirit of Chan through modern Mandarin interpretations of classic Chinese, Chan poems and stories. Students will explore Chan while building on their competencies in listening, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese.
Corequisite: Students must attend at least two Languages Series events (Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm)