Follows origins of Chan Buddhism in China from the legend of Bodhidharma through the Five Houses of Chan and its great flourishing during the Song dynasty to its arrival and developments in Japan and eventual transplanting to the West. Scope includes Daoist foundations, the Buddho-Daoist essays of Seng Zhao, Bodhidharma, the East Mountain Chan of Daoxin and Hongren, Huineng and Shenhui, Huangbo, Linji, Dahui and the development of koan, Kanzen Egan in Japan, Ikkyu, Bankei, Hakuin, and Sasaki Joshu. Practices of each of these teachers will be studied in meditation labs. Prerequisites: coursework in Buddhism at Brown; permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 20.