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PIC-349 Buddhism and Creative Practices: Meditation, Direct Experience, and Art

3 Credits

In this course, students explore ‘seeing for yourself’ or direct experience, in relation to Buddhism and creativity. Each class begins with a meditation. We then investigate a Buddhist theme-such as mindfulness or impermanence-in relation to an artist, designer, writer, or composer. The course highlights artists from the mid-20th century when Buddhism was first embraced by New York’s avant-garde and more recent figures, like Agnes Martin and Steve Jobs. Projects incorporate different visual media and /or writing.