Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Homeschool History, Religion, and Culture Studies (Part 9): Zen Buddhism

As part of our Homeschool History, Religion, and Culture studies, we have just spent the last couple of months studying Zen Buddhism. We are already familiar with Buddhism and the story of the Buddha (see the three movies we made about Buddha's life) and a few years ago we went on a retreat with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, where I got to ask him a question! But this year we decided to do more study on Zen because we had a trip to the famous Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery planned.

You can see pictures from our trip to Tassajara below and also a movie we made of our very Zen ride on the infamous 14 mile dirt track to the monastery.

As usual, we used Gloria Fiero's Humanistic Tradition to start us off with our Zen studies, but here are some of the books and resources we used. 

Zen Master Eihei Dogen, Moon in a Dewdrop
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path, White Cloud, The Art of Mindful Living
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
Thich Nhat Hanh's children’s books, A Pebble for Your Pocket, Is Nothing Something?, and Each Breath a Smile
John Muth's three books, Zen Shorts, Zen Ghosts, Zen Ties

Movies, Documentaries, and Dharma Talks:
Zen, 2009 movie about Zen Master Dogen
Thich Nhat Hanh’s 2013 Pine Bush “Art of Suffering” Retreat (5 dharma talks)
Suzuki Roshi, a documentary

Here's a movie and photos from our trip to Tassajara!


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