A free teach-in where participants learn the history of Zen in America and learn to identify its influence in every day visual culture.
How did Zen, once an obscure, insular philosophical practice within Buddhism, become the the juggernaut of the American spiritual marketplace that it is today? In this free teach-in from Discrit’s Chris Fernald, we’ll trace Zen’s journey from Japan to America and ask, what does Zen mean and do in the US today, and why does it appeal to us? Can anything be Zen? In Zen Forever, we’ll theorize Zen’s enduring appeal in America and examine its many faces, from religion and philosophy, to art, literature, and design, to even the hushed simplicity of your iPhone screen. No familiarity with Zen required.