FF:JAP116 Japanese Buddhism - Course Information

JAP116 Japanese Buddhism

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2014
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 5 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 12:30–14:05 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.
  • 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.
  • De Barry, Hakeda, Yampolsky et. als. (1969) The Buddhist Tradition in India, China & Japan. New York: Modern Library.
    recommended literature
  • Kazuo Kasahara (2001) A History of Japanese Religion. Tokyo: Kosei Publishing.
  • Matsunaga Alicia, Matsunaga Daigan (1996) Foundations of Japanese Buddhism, Vol.1&Vol.2. Los Angeles: Buddhist Books International.
  • Tanabe George (1999) Religions of Japan in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • BLACKER, Carmen. The catalpa bow : a study of Shamanistic practices in Japan. London: Routledge, 1999. 384 s. ISBN 1873410859. info
Teaching methods
Lecture combined with class discussion.
Assessment methods
Written test.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019.
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