FF:JAP116 Buddhism in Japan - Course Information

JAP116 Buddhism in Japan

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2012
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Zuzana Kubovčáková, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. RNDr. Václav Blažek, CSc.
Japanese Studies Centre - Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Japanese Studies Centre - Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:50–12:25 zruseno D22
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course is aimed at a thorough overview of introduction and development of the teaching of Buddhism in Japan, starting with the period of its arrival onto the Japanese archipelago until the modern period. Throughout the course we will deal with the various schools of Japanese Buddhism and their influence in social and political fields, attention will as well be given to the most prominent figures and founders of the various schools of Japanese Buddhism. The entire course will be framed upon the perspective of the established schools of the Japanese historical capitals. Regular class attendance is recommended.
  • Introduction of the structure of the course
  • Indigenous Japanese belief in kami
  • Buddhism of the Nara period
  • Buddhism of the Heian period
  • Established Buddhism vs. kami belief
  • Popular Buddhism of the Kamakura period
  • Zen
  • Esoterization of Japanese Buddhist schools
  • Religion of the Tokugawa period
  • Women in Japanese Buddhism
  • Christianity in Japan
    required literature
  • Bowring Richard (2005) The Religious Traditions of Japan, 500-1600. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • BREEN, John and Mark TEEUWEN. A new history of Shinto. 1st pub. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. x, 264. ISBN 9781405155168. info
  • Nanzan guide to Japanese religions. Edited by Paul L. Swanson - Clark Chilson. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006. xii, 466. ISBN 0824830024. info
  • EARHART, H. Byron. Náboženství Japonska :mnoho tradic na jedné svaté cestě. V českém jazyce vyd. 2. Praha: Prostor, 1999. 189 s. ISBN 80-7260-000-1. info
  • BLACKER, Carmen. The catalpa bow : a study of Shamanistic practices in Japan. London: Routledge, 1999. 384 s. ISBN 1873410859. info
    recommended literature
  • Tanabe George (1999) Religions of Japan in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Matsunaga Alicia, Matsunaga Daigan (1996) Foundations of Japanese Buddhism, Vol.1&Vol.2. Los Angeles: Buddhist Books International.
  • De Barry, Hakeda, Yampolsky et. als. (1969) The Buddhist Tradition in India, China & Japan. New York: Modern Library.
  • Kazuo Kasahara (2001) A History of Japanese Religion. Tokyo: Kosei Publishing.
  • Shinto in history : ways of the Kami. Edited by John Breen - Mark Teeuwen. 1st pub. Surrey: Curzon, 2000. xii, 368. ISBN 0700711724. info
    not specified
  • De Barry, Theodore – Keene, Donald – Tanabe, George – Varley, Paul (eds.) Sources of Japanese Tradition, Volume One: From Earliest Times to 1600. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
Teaching methods
Lecture combined with class discussion.
Assessment methods
Lecture. The course will be assessed upon a final test.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2010, Autumn 2011, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019.
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