ASIAN 326 - Introduction to Japanese Buddhism
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Advisory Prerequisites:
ASIAN 230.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Buddhism forms the backbone of pre-modern Japanese civilization. Even today, it remains a vital cultural reference point; just as knowledge of the Judeo-Christian tradition is still essential for understanding Europe, so is knowledge of the Buddhism still indispensable for understanding Japan. This course surveys key thinkers, texts, doctrines, practices, and objects from Japan’s fifteen-hundred-plus year engagement with Buddhism. It draws on a variety of sources in English translation, including myths, sermons, personal letters, polemical tracts, spiritual autobiography, and religious testimonials. In addition, it also makes use of anthropological accounts, historical studies, audio recordings, still images, and films, both documentary and fictional.

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Intended Audience:

No prerequisites. Previous background knowledge of or experience with Buddhism, Japanese history, and the Japanese language or culture is useful but not required.

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ASIAN 326 - Introduction to Japanese Buddhism
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001 (LEC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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ISBN: 0887060609
Sand and Pebbles : Shasekishu : the tales of Muju Ichien, a voice for pluralism in Kamakura Buddhism, Author: [edited by] Robert E. Morrell., Publisher: State University of New York Press 1985
ISBN: 1933330406
Milky Way railroad, Author: Kenji Miyazawa ; translated and adapted from the Japanese by Joseph Sigrist and D.M. Stroud ; illustrated by Ryu Okazaki., Publisher: Stone Bridge Press 1st Stone 2007
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