CB403 - School of Chinese Buddhism II: Tian Tai School

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Regular Lecture

Course Description

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:

  1. Discuss the basic thought and practice of the first patriarch, Hui-wen of Tian Tai School.
  2. Describe the main doctrinal thought of the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka Sūtra, and explain its connection with Tian Tai School.
  3. Explain briefly the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra and its relationship with Zhiyi.
  4. Explicate Pan Jiao (Dividing the Doctrine) in Tian Tai and its significance.
  5. Explicate Zhiyi’s concept of “One thought contents the three thousand worlds.”
  6. 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?
  7. “Zhiyi is the first major figure to make a significant break from the Indian tradition, to form an indigenous Chinese system.” Discuss.
  8. Elucidate the “Rounded and Sudden” contemplation in Zhiyi's teaching.
  9. Discuss the functions of the ritual practice in Tian Tai School.
  10. From historical perspective, explain how Tendai Buddhism in Japan has developed as closely associated with esoteric Buddhism.
  11. Why does Tendai Buddhism have a major impact on Japanese Buddhism?
  12. Discuss the controversy between “the Mountain masters” (orthodox) and “Off-mountain masters” (heterodox) during the Song Dynasty.
  13. Discuss the salient features of the Tian Tai School in Song Dynasty.
  14. Discuss the notion of “inclusive and round” in Tian Tai and its significance to the world peace in modern time.

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Midterm Exam Date: September 9
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Class hour Friday 5 pm - 8 pm

Course Description:
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.

Required Textbook:

- 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.

Recommend Reference

- 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/ Cool

- http://www.tendai.org/i_tendai_buddhism/history.html  


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