In classes that seriously and systematically approach original texts entirely though discussions, students encounter the great works that are central to the philosophical, literary and religious traditions of China, India, and Japan. Students and faculty alike examine the text’s most vital questions—questions that are fundamental to both Eastern thoughts and human nature.
The seminar, which includes 17-21 students, begins with the texts of classical China, followed by texts from India. The seminar explores the migration of Buddhism from India to China and Japan and concludes with Japanese literature in the summer term.
In the language tutorial students undertake an intensive study of either Sanskrit or Classical Chinese.