13 Dec Zen for Christians

Zen for Christians

13 United Methodist Theological Schools, Candler School of Theology
Completion Time: Meets July 5 - August 1, 2018
Tuition: $0
Instructor(s): Kim Boykin
Contact Info: Shelly Hart

Class Description

The aim of this course is to provide students who may have no prior knowledge of Buddhism with an introduction to the teachings and meditative practices of Zen Buddhism, focusing especially on Japanese Zen as it has been appropriated in the United States. The course will address issues of particular interest and concern to Christians who may wish to try Zen practice (e.g., Is Zen a religion? Are Zen teachings doctrines? What does Zen teach about God? What are Zen Buddhists doing when they bow to a statue of the Buddha?). The course is part of continuing education and global learning and will give special attention to comparisons between Zen thought and Christian theology (e.g., comparing Zen and Christian understandings of the human condition and how to address it). Students will try several Zen meditation practices and will have the option of writing their final paper on a visit to a Zen center.

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