Readings in Japanese Religions: Introduction to Japanese Buddhist Thought

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REL 533
Fall 2018
Jacqueline I. Stone
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This seminar offers an intensive introduction to Japanese Buddhist thought, concentrating on major schools and figures with some attention to continental antecedents. We consider Tendai, esoteric, Pure Land, Zen, and Nichiren Buddhist traditions, along with their modern reinterpretations. We also investigate trans-denominational themes, such as the decline of the Dharma, the salvation of evil persons, and the rapid realization of buddhahood. Readings are in English, with supplementary material provided in Japanese and/or kanbun for those able to read it.