All readings in this schedule should ideally be completed by the day under which they are listed, although this requirement is only assessed during TRAs and team Application Exercises. All numbers in the schedule are page numbers unless otherwise noted.
CAUTION: I reserve the right to make revisions to on-line materials prior to their discussion in class at the relevant point in the semester. Therefore WAIT until that time to print out materials you wish to have on hand, such as terms, excerpts and assignment guidelines.
Unit 2b: Medieval China (3rd - 10th century CE)
|Tue, Oct 23
& Thu, Oct 25
orientation to readings
FIND TERMS & EXCERPTS from the reading guide in these primary sources:
FIND * TERMS from the reading guide in these overviews:
BROWSE on-line information regarding similar contemporary practices:
|Tue, Oct 30||
#2b DUE by 11:30 am
Application Exercise 2b
(same as above)
|Thu, Nov 1||
Application Exercise 2b
PREPARE NOTES addressing the following focus:
The OCSS City Repair youth group has just returned from Mount Shasta, where participants heard about the history of their route as they traveled and then erected an altar they had designed to offer a statement of their dedication to their community. These youths were inspired by the experience of seeing their home state from above and thinking about their highest ideals. But on the way home, they also expressed wanted something they could integrate into their daily lives on solid ground.
Knowing that you are a scholar of medieval Chinese forms of reflection that intensify forms of practice that can be done regularly, OCSS City Repair has asked you participate in evaluating a set of three contemporary practices they are considering for the next stage of their efforts:
B. weekend nature immersion (inspired by the "Wilderness Awareness School" video) in undeveloped areas along the banks of the American River, using journaling, sketching & poetry writing to sharpen awareness of the natural world.
C. a regular study group, to meet three times a week, dedicated to reading, studying and *learning the calligraphy displayed in* letters of Thomas Jefferson & Benjamin Franklin, with the intention of better understanding the principles that inspired the founding of this country.
Having heard from you that these proposed projects share certain features with China's Daoist practices and its Confucian influenced traditions of calligraphy, the program planners have asked you to evaluate these proposals in light of the success of medieval Chinese efforts. Your goal is to help them decide which project to try first.
YOUR NOTES: Gather evidence from the sources associated with the three medieval Chinese practices assigned for this unit (see reading guide) that helps you evaluate WHICH OF THE ABOVE PROJECTS the OPSS City Repair STAFF SHOULD TRY FIRST, given that their GOAL is to nurture reflection that reinforces some regular practice of the young adult participants.
*MAKE SURE TO CITE PAGE NUMBER(S) FOR EACH EXAMPLE*