This course will explore the religious thought and practices of the Buddhist tradition that has come to be popularly known as Zen. Starting with its inception as Chinese Chan, we will directly engage formative texts that situate Zen in its broader Mahayana context and go on to hermeneutically wrestle with the rich, unruly and at times opaque array of teachers, poems, koans and
religious essays, which make up a tradition that understands itself to be “a special transmission outside the scriptures.” All readings will be in English translation.

Prerequisite: IE 234 Buddhist Religious Thought and Practice is a prerequisite to this course.