Professor Tom Kasulis of the Department of Comparative Studies will deliver the fourth lecture in the 2014-2015 "Religions of the World: Past and Present" lecture series. These lectures are intended for a general audience and are free and open to to the public. There will be a brief question-and-answer session and a reception following.
"Zen Buddhism is often associated with the Japanese arts, but the historical circumstances and philosophical ideals behind that association are seldom explored. In this lecture I will explain how Zen Buddhism's practices and teachings nurtured a form of creativity that can readily lend itself to artistic expression. In the final analysis, I will argue that what makes 'Zen art' is not the final product, but the way the artwork comes into being."
Listen to this lecture (mp3 format)