Zen and the Arts of Japan

The Japanese Zen Arts of architecture, garden design, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, painting and calligraphy can be called “ways” because they express the essence of Zen in artistic practice. The Zen practitioner gives artistic expression through the art form and is “awakened” to the essence through Zen or meditation. The actor in Noh Drama is a Zen practitioner who builds the role from the inside out. He moves in a walking meditation and in contemplating the mask he takes on the role. The five categories of Noh plays will be discussed.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

SUGGESTED READING

  • Kerr, A., (2018), Another Kyoto, Penguin ISBN: 9780141988337

COURSE OUTLINE

  • An Introduction to Zen Buddhism in Japan
  • Analysing architectural design: gates, gardens, temples and theatre
  • Calligraphy as an art form and its various styles
  • Noh Drama texts and performance

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Learn about how Zen Buddhism came to Japan
  2. Explore design elements of calligraphy and architecture influenced by Zen
  3. Look at a range of Noh Drama performances based on Buddhist tales
$29 Limited

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19 Jul

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