Although it was born in India, Buddhism has had a deep and profound influence on Chinese and East Asian culture, but this philosophy remains relevant to modern life in both the East and West. Students will be introduced to the spirit of Buddhism through modern Mandarin interpretations of classic Chinese Buddhist poems and stories. Students will explore Chinese Buddhist concepts while building on their competencies in listening, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese. Each class or every other class, students will be given a different Buddhist text translated into modern Chinese along with a vocabulary list and grammar points for that reading. Students will be expected to read the text and prepare to discuss it in Chinese with the teacher and classmates during the next class meeting.
In addition to the regular meeting time, a weekly individual group meeting will be scheduled.
Registration for this course will be on Wednesday, May 17 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm and Thursday, May 18 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm with Ikuko Yoshida in Barn 218.