KBS561:  Korean Buddhism in the Era of Reform


Course description: During the first half of the twentieth century, Korean Buddhists engaged in significant reform efforts, both to redress historical persecution and to respond to the political and social changes brought about by Japanese colonization. This course examines both the organizational and doctrinal impacts of those attempts at modernization.



Trial and Error in Modernist Reforms: Korean Buddhism under Colonial Rule Pori Park

Institute of East Asian Studies (2009)

ISBN-10: 1557290946

ISBN-13: 978-1557290946


Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism, Jin Y. Park, (ed.)

State University of New York Press (2010)

ISBN-10: 1438429223

ISBN-13: 978-1438429229


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KBS562 - Introduction to Korean Soen Course Description: Through the teachings of five ancient Masters, this course examines the roots of Korean Soen, with emphasis on its hallmark practice: contemplating the huàtóu. Texts: A Buddha from Korea: The Zen teachings of T’aego J.C. Cleary Shambhala (2001) ISBN-10: 1570626677 ISBN-13: 978-1570626678 Master Wonhyo: An Overview of his Life and Teachings Jeong, Byeong-Jo http://www.koreanhero.net/Wonhyo/MasterWonhyo_Booklet.pdf Swampland Flowers: The Letters and Lectures of Zen Master Ta Hui J.C. Cleary Shambhala (2006) ISBN-10: 1590303180 The Mirror of Zen: The Classic Guide to Buddhist Practice by Zen Master So Sahn Boep Joeng Shambhala (2006) ISBN-10: 1590303849 ISBN-13: 978-1590303849 Tracing Back the Radiance: Chinul’s Way of Korean Zen Robert Buswell, Jr. Univ of Hawaii Press (1991) ISBN-10: 0824814274 ISBN-13: 978-0824814274 Additional Resource: The Collected Works of Korean Buddhism http://www.acmuller.net/kor-bud/collected_works.html