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EALC 256: Zen Thought, Zen Culture, Zen History (HC/BMC)

East Asian Languages and Cultures 256: Zen Thought, Zen Culture, Zen History (Glassman) Fall 2020


This guide for EALC 256: Zen Thought, Zen Culture, Zen History is meant to help you with your final writing assignment for the course. Please look at each of the tabs on the top of the page and take your time exploring the resources available in the library. 


Source: Daruma by Shunsō Shōshu, Edo period, ink on paper, Cincinnati Art Museum [Bodhidharma], Wikimedia Commons.

Searching for E-books

If you are not on campus this term, you can still find materials relevant to your project--here is how to find online books (e-books). 

Getting Started - finding a topic

How do you select a really good paper topic that will be narrow enough but also broad enough to suit your needs? Consider looking at Oxford Bibliographies Online--Buddhism  Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon. There are many articles that are solely about Zen Buddhism (see below). Oxford bibliographies are written by experts in the field and are presented as an annotated bibliography. Each source has a "Find It" button so that you can easily request materials from the library. (Please note: Bryn Mawr or Swarthmore students: you will have to use this resource on Haverford's campus). Contact your friendly librarian, Anna, for more information. Here are a few examples: 

  • Buddhism in Japan by Lori Meeks
  • Chan Literature by Jeffrey L. Broughton
  • Sōtō Zen by William M. Bodiford
  • Buddhism in the West by Scott A. Mitchell
  • Buddhism and Gender by Rita M. Gross