CST 232-B02

1500 word paper
Hopi movie, Koyaanisqatsi


    influential Japanese religions

  1. Buddhism
  2. Daoism
  3. Confucianism
  4. Shinto (native, nature religion)
  • Zen Buddhism (from Chinese word: Ch’an; which is from Indian word: Dhyana — all mean “focused attn”)
  • “Concrete experience, right now”
  • First patriarch of Zen: Bodhidharma (from India)
  • behavior is not relevant to Nirvana; focus on mental state instead
  • Second patriarch: ???
  • Third Patriarch: Tsang Tsen (?)
  • Zen: a special transmission outside of scriptures, a direct pointing to the heart of man
  • mondo: parables/teaching stories
  • “secret” of Zen is paying attention to “concrete experience right now”
  • most people would see flowers like they were dreaming
  • pay attention to external world, not internal mental processes
  • The Warriors by J. Glenn Gray
  • Zazen: za=sit zen=focused attention
  • allows creative spontaneous appropriate concrete experiences, “right now,” of the natural world
  • 2 forms of Zazen
    1. Shikentaza: themeless sitting
    2. Koans: a paradoxical formulation of language designed to evoke an insight, an epihany or Satori
  • connections between perception, desire, intention, behavior can be broken by Shikentaza
  • “worldview filter”
  • bypassing filter is Satori: experiencing the world the way it is; more real/vivid/impactful
  • memory/dream/imagination all in same region of brain? plausible, but check
  • preconceptions influence perceptions, even when presented with contrary evidence
  • Zen not a worldview; worldviews are problematic because they are unjustifiable
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