CB301: Chinese Buddhism 1


Regular Lecture

Course Description

Class Schedule
Jan. 27, Lecture 9: The beginning of Chinese Buddhism – Han Dynasty, the Three Kingdoms, and West Jin Dynasty (Ven. Zhecn Chan)
Feb. 3, Lecture 10: Fo Tucheng, Dao An and Kumārajīva
Feb. 10, Lecture 11: Southern Buddhism: Hui yuan and Sengzhao
Feb. 17, Lecture 12: Translation of Chinese Buddhism
Feb. 24, Lecture 13: Buddhist Studies Group
March 3, Students Presentation
March. 10, Lecture 15: Buddhist Conflicts

A historical and comprehensive study of the three teachings based on: the religious background of China prior to the arrival of Buddhism; a study in contrast between Taoism and Confucianism - social attitude versus philosophical speculations. Characteristics of early Buddhist schools introduced to China and their philosophical depth; the trend towards propagations of schools of popular appeal like Sukhāvatīvyūha (Chin Tu / Jo Do); growth of monastic institutions - their good and bad sides (the proscription of the growth of monasteries); the diversity of cultural manifestation in Art, Architecture and Sculpture.

Required Textbook

Ch’en, Kenneth. Buddhism in China: A Historical Survey. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1964.
Fung, Yu-lan. A Short History of Chinese Philosophy. Ed. Derk Bodde. New York: Macmillan, 1966.
Ivanhoe, Philip J. and Van Norden, Bryan W. Readings in classical Chinese philosophy. Ed. New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2001.

All three books are available in our e-library.

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