ASIAN 326 - Introduction to Japanese Buddhism
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures


Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
ASIAN 230.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


Buddhism is the mainstay of Japanese civilization. Even in a "secular" era, it remains as vital a cultural force and point of reference as does the Judaeo-Christian tradition in Europe and North America. This course introduces key thinkers, texts, doctrines, practices, and objects from Japan’s fifteen-hundred-plus-year engagement with Buddhism. Students will read a wide variety of primary sources in English translation. These include myths, sermons, personal letters, polemical tracts, spiritual autobiography, and religious testimonials. In addition, students will also encounter anthropological accounts, historical studies, audio recordings, still images, and video.

Course Requirements:

No special prerequisites, but it is suggested that students come having taken other coursework in Buddhism or Japanese studies.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for upper-level undergraduates. However, strongly motivated first-year or second-year undergraduates are also welcome.

Class Format:

90-minute meetings twice weekly. Seminar style, with sessions, split among mini-lectures, individual presentations, and discussion of the course reading. As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. Students must be available for virtual class meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:00pm.


ASIAN 326 - Introduction to Japanese Buddhism
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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