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Zen Buddhism is a school of thought that is the culmination and synthesis of diverse philosophical and religious traditions in India, China and Japan. 

In this course we will trace the development of Zen Buddhism and examine its underlying philosophical principles. Starting with the Vedic roots of Buddhist thought, and the development of Mahayana Buddhism, the course will then move onto Chinese Zen Buddhism and its basis in Taoist philosophy. We will then explore the Zen philosophy of pivotal Japanese thinkers such as Dogen, Bankei and Hakuin.

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Fees and bursaries

Fees

Fees for weekend courses cover tuition, meals (except breakfast) and refreshments, including morning coffee and afternoon tea during teaching hours, and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited). Accommodation can be booked for an additional fee and includes breakfast.

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).

Payment

Payment is by credit/debit card unless otherwise arranged. You can either pay in full at the time of booking, or pay a 15% registration fee as a deposit; the balance will automatically be taken two weeks before the start of the course. 

Cancellations

You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.

Bursaries

The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Accommodation fees

Single room: £60 per night

Double/Twin room £50 per person, per night (2 people sharing)

Course dates

30 Jul 2021 to 01 Aug 2021

Course duration

1 Weekend

Apply by

23 Jul 2021

Course fee

£310

Venue

Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Non-accredited

Course code

2021NRX081