REL307-1: East Asian Buddhism

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
4:00pm - 5:15pm
Ignatius Few Building_131

The development of Buddhism in China and Japan, including examination of monasticism, ritual, ideas of Buddhahood, Zen, Pure Land, and Buddhist relations to the state and to other religions.

The course will examine the major themes, practices, and institutions in East Asian Buddhism. We will explore the history of Buddhism in a cross-cultural context and investigate a variety of distinct forms and cultural expressions that Buddhism took in China and Japan. We will read the biographies and writings of two famous Zen monks: Huineng (the Sixth Patriarch), and Dogen. Readings also include accounts of modern Chinese hermits, sermons, tales, doctrinal teachings, poetry, and ritual texts, as well as selected works of secondary scholarship. We will also touch on Zen Buddhist art, Buddhist modernism, and Zen Buddhism in the West. Attention will be given to the continuity and transformation of Buddhism in specific historical and cultural settings. Methodological issues in the study of Buddhism will also be introduced.

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