FF:JAP116 Buddhism in Japan - Course Information

JAP116 Buddhism in Japan

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2010
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 3 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
Tue 13:20–14:55 zruseno D21
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( JAP101 || ( JAP101a Writing Japanese I.- theory && JAP101b Writing Japanese I.- practise )) && ( JAP102 || ( JAP102a Japanese language I. - theory && JAP102b Japanese language I.-practise )) && JAP103 Introduction to Japanese
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/50, only registered: 0/50
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 schoolsv Religion of the Tokugawa period
  • Women in Japanese Buddhism
  • Christianity in Japan
  • Matsunaga Alicia, Matsunaga Daigan (1996) Foundations of Japanese Buddhism, Vol.1&Vol.2. Los Angeles: Buddhist Books International.
  • Kazuo Kasahara (2001) A History of Japanese Religion. Tokyo: Kosei Publishing.
  • Bowring Richard (2005) The Religious Traditions of Japan, 500-1600. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tanabe George (1999) Religions of Japan in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • De Barry, Hakeda, Yampolsky et. als. (1969) The Buddhist Tradition in India, China & Japan. New York: Modern Library.
Teaching methods
Lecture combined with class discussion.
Assessment methods
The course will be assessed upon a critical essay of 3000 words. An essay submitted in English will not need to exceed 2000 words.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo japanistiku je podmíněn souhlasem vyučující.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2010, recent)
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