Buddhism and Taoism through Literature and Film

Instructor: 
Zhenjun Zhang
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also counts as ASIA/LTRN/FILM 248 and fulfills the HU general education requirement

This course examines the essence of Buddhism and Taoism through exploring the rich, colorful, and fascinating religious world in Asian literature and film. Topics include Taoist fairytales, dream adventure, traveling in the netherworld, longevity practice, salvation, retribution, chan/zen, magical arts, as well as religious ideas in film and their relationship with modern society.

By taking this course, students will acquire a fundamental knowledge about Buddhism, one of the three major religions in the world, and Taoism, a wide-spread Chinese philosophy and religion; savor wisdom and mysticism in the east, which are included mainly in the Taoist classics, Chan/Zen Buddhism, and literary works; enjoy the best literary works and films in Asia; acquire useful knowledge about scholarly works; and develop skills of critical thinking and scholarly research.