Jan 18, 2022  
2021 - 2022 University Catalog 
    
2021 - 2022 University Catalog
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CORE 471 - Paths to Enlightenment: From Alchemy to Zen


Prerequisites: Core 101-105 and at least sixth semester standing
Delivery: Other
The quest for what is transcendent and eternal is paradoxically grounded in specifics of place, time, and ways of seeing: This course is a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural exploration of the ways people have defined and sought enlightenment throughout history. Our inquiry will be grounded in philosophy and structured by a challenge to the hyper-rational historical period that takes the name “The Enlightenment”:  we’ll read science, scripture, and literature; we’ll listen to sacred and psychedelic music and look at visual and visionary expressions of human perfectability and the sacred. Seminar participants will study and creatively engage central texts that seek to define and model the concept of enlightenment as it shifts through multiple perspectives; they will talk over, present on, and write about these perspectives in a small seminar format where they will have the opportunity to focus on their own interests and receive substantive feedback from peers and the instructor. Students will have opportunities for hands-on experiences with astronomy, meditation, and art.

3 credits
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