Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in Buddhist Studies (Division 332)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

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Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 2 Go to the department office to get on a waitlist, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.

Students wanting to begin language study, at a level other than first year, must take a placement exam to be held on Tuesday, January 5, 1-3 p.m.

Buddh. St. 220/Asian Studies 220/Rel. 202. Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert Sharf (rsharf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the study of Asian religions. We will consider representative material drawn from some of the major Asian traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, etc.), from ancient times down to the present day. However, the course is not intended to be a comprehensive or systematic survey; rather than aiming at breadth, the course is designed around major conceptual themes, such as ritual, death, image veneration, mysticism, meditation, ancestor worship, religious violence, and so on. The overarching emphasis throughout the course will be on the hermeneutic difficulties attendant upon the study of religion in general, and Asian religious traditions in particular.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Buddh. St. 405. Advanced Classical Tibetan.

Courses in Tibetan

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Donald Lopez (dlopez@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Buddhist Studies 404. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This third-year language course, is a continuation of the 401/402, 403/404 Classical Tibetan sequence.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Buddh. St. 489/Asian Studies 489/Korean 489. Korean Buddhism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Eun-su Cho (eunsucho@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Buddhist Studies 220, or any introductory course on Buddhism. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course surveys the development of Buddhism in Korea from the third century to the present. It will begin with the introduction of the doctrines and practices of Chinese Buddhism which hold an important place in the Korean tradition, while examining the transmission and assimilation of Buddhism into Korea. It includes the progression of the development of Korean Buddhism the rise of sects, indigenous ideas, and the continuity/discontinuity from the earlier development in China. Focusing on the major thinkers such as Wonhyo, Chinul and others, we will evaluate their contributions to the development of Buddhist doctrines in the East Asia. We will examine the rise of syncretic interpretation of Buddhist ideas in the Choson dynasty as a means of survival during the harsh climate Confucian ideology. We will also consider the Buddhist response to the Japanese advances during the occupation (1905-1945), and will examine the revival of Buddhism in the country as part of a rise in nationalistic ferver.

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