CB403 - School of Chinese Buddhism II: Tian Tai School
This study is designed to enable the students to gain a general knowledge of the fundamental teachings of the Tian Tai or T'ien T'ai School of China and the Tendai School of Japan. It will make a historical survey of the developments within the school and the influence it exerted on the subsequent schools of Buddhist thought, both in China and Japan.
Subtitle: Tian Tai
Author: Dr. Fa Qing
Deadline for submitting your term paper: Oct 28
Class presentation date: Oct. 28
Review for Final Exam:
- Discuss the basic thought and practice of the first patriarch, Hui-wen of Tian Tai School.
- Describe the main doctrinal thought of the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka Sūtra, and explain its connection with Tian Tai School.
- Explain briefly the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra and its relationship with Zhiyi.
- Explicate Pan Jiao (Dividing the Doctrine) in Tian Tai and its significance.
- Explicate Zhiyi’s concept of “One thought contents the three thousand worlds.”
- Some scholars are of the opinion that Zhiyi’s interpretation of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā’s two truths is a deviance from the original meaning of Nāgārjuna. What is your argument with regard to this?
- “Zhiyi is the first major figure to make a significant break from the Indian tradition, to form an indigenous Chinese system.” Discuss.
- Elucidate the “Rounded and Sudden” contemplation in Zhiyi's teaching.
- Discuss the functions of the ritual practice in Tian Tai School.
- From historical perspective, explain how Tendai Buddhism in Japan has developed as closely associated with esoteric Buddhism.
- Why does Tendai Buddhism have a major impact on Japanese Buddhism?
- Discuss the controversy between “the Mountain masters” (orthodox) and “Off-mountain masters” (heterodox) during the Song Dynasty.
- Discuss the salient features of the Tian Tai School in Song Dynasty.
- Discuss the notion of “inclusive and round” in Tian Tai and its significance to the world peace in modern time.
Midterm Exam Date: September 9
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This study is designed to enable the students to gain a general knowledge of the fundamental teachings of the T'ien T'ai (Tian Tai) School of China and the Tendai School of Japan. It will make a historical survey of the developments within the school and the influence it exerted on the subsequent schools of Buddhist thought, both in China and Japan.
- Hurvitz, Leon. "Chih-i (538-597): An Introduction to the Life and Ideas of a Chinese Monk." Melanges Chinoises et Bouddhiques 12 (1962): 1-372.
- Neal Donner and Daniel B. Stevenson's The Great Calming and Contemplation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1993.
- Swanson, P. The Philosophy of T'ien-t'ai. Berkeley: Asian Humanities Press, 1989.
- Wright, A. Studies in Chinese Buddhism, ed. R. Somers. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990.
- Zürcher, E. The Buddhist Conquest of China. Leiden: Brill, 2 vols.
- Lusthaus, Dan. Buddhist philosophy, Chinese. In E. Craig (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge. Retrieved December 11, 2006, from http://www.rep.routledge.com/article/G002
- So far the best website for study Tian Tai School: http://www.tientai.net/
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