Project

Stopping and Reading: Zen Contemplative Practices and Literary Study

Program

ACLS Fellowship Program , Contemplative Practice Fellowships

Department

Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and L

Abstract

This project explores the integration of Zen Buddhist contemplative practices with practices entailed in academic, especially literary, reading. The mindfulness cultivated through Zen practices, and the ethical awareness that can spring from that mindfulness can inspire an academic reading practice that is both faithful to the particulars of a text’s form and sensitive to its ethical and political implications.