The Chinese Chan Buddhist notion of Uncertainty, or fundamental ambivalence and indeterminacy, serves as the basis for illness leading to anxiety and doubt when not understood and as the basis of wellness when its implications are appreciated and applied. In Chan, the antidote is the same as the ailment.
Steven Heine, professor and founding director of Asian Studies at Florida International University, will examine various Chan paradigms developed in 20th century China for expressing Uncertainty, including gongan (kōan) cases, poetry and painting, ox-herding parables, and personal narratives of prominent monks who underwent suffering and redemption through engaging the the meaning of indeterminacy.
Heine’s most recent work is Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record: Sharpening Sword at the Dragon Gate.
4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
The cross-cultural workshop is sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the East Asian Religion Research Cluster Funds.