The Wisdom of the East: Religion and Philosophy of China and Japan

Western Society has this century turned more and more to the East for solutions to problems both philosophical and practical, because of a perceived failure of traditional western beliefs. This course looks at Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, and both the Chinese and Japanese varieties of Buddhism; and attempts to answer questions such as ‘Are all religions essentially the same?’ and ‘Are Eastern and Western views really so different?’.

COURSE INFORMATION

Course Tutor: Carole Cusack

Course Code: D39

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

Units & Pricing: 7 units / $84 per person

GETTING STARTED

Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.