Taoism, Tai Chi & Zen Buddhism

HON 498 - Professor Dirck Westervelt

Modes of Inquiry: Textual Analysis, Scientific and Mathematical Analysis, Historical, Social, and Cultural Analysis, Artistic Creation and Analysis

Course Description:

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the art of mindfulness through the study and practice of Meditation, Qi-Gong, and Tai-Chi. This will be a hands on, mind on, body on study of meditation. The science of meditation shows how the brain is affected by the practice of meditation. This in turn will show how one’s behavior is affected by meditating. Art and music have been part of Buddhist as well as Taoist practices. We will look at ways in which the culture of India, China, and Japan has been shaped by their spiritual practices. Specifically, we look at mandala art, calligraphy, and Shakuhachi flute of Japan.

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