Tracey West, DXARTS & Computer Science
Monastery Life and the Layout of Zen Temples
This will be a short documentary of approximately 15 minutes in length consisting of a walk-through of the general layout of a Buddhist monastery and a description of the daily routine of the monks. This work will primarily be an educational tool to demonstrate for Japanese Art History students how the temple locations are used in modern Japan and how they are navigated. The final product will consist of video of the Myôshinji monastery and its grounds in particular, with a later voice-over provided by myself to describe the locations being viewed. In addition to being for teaching purposes, this video will constitute a deeper understanding of monastic life in concurrence with the goal of University Honors to pursue a topic with greater intensity than the framework of the regular class allows. Being a DXARTS student, emphasis will be made to approach this documentary from an artistic, as well as simply explanatory, perspective.