RLB401 Religions of the World II: The East

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Teacher(s)
doc. PhDr. Luboš Bělka, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Milan Fujda, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Zuzana Kubovčáková, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Dušan Vávra, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Martin Špirk (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Sedlářová
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Timetable
Mon 18:00–19:40 B2.13
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 200 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 58/200, only registered: 0/200, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/200
Course objectives
The course provides an overview of the most important religious traditions of the East from their beginnings to nowadays. It is focused on Buddhism in China, Japan and Tibet, Hinduism and Shinto in Japan as well as Konfucianism and Daoism. Lectures are richly accompanied by visual material as well as literary sources.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • Define elementary concepts of Buddhism in Tibet;
  • Define elementary concepts of Buddhism in Japan;
  • Define elementary concepts of Buddhism in China;
  • Define elementary concepts of Hinduism;
  • Define elementary concepts of Shinto in Japan;
  • Define elementary concepts Konfucianism;
  • Define elementary concepts Daoism;
  • Understand and explain the most important religious traditions of the East.
  • Syllabus
    • Hinduism: Artificial religion. Origin of Hinduism as the World religion, social and historical context.
    • Buddha: Life and teaching; the life of the founder of the religion.
    • Cycle of rebirth: Bhavachakra. Basic Buddhist concept of the world.
    • Konfucianism and Daoism; the oldest religious-philosophical system in traditional China.
    • Buddhism in China; its role in China culture, history and society
    • Shinto; the oldest religious-philosophical system in traditional Japan; traditional Japan mythology and its deities.
    • Buddhism in Japan; its role in Japon culture, history and society (Nara, Heian and Kamakura periods; 7th-14th century).
    • Joga and tantra. Philosophical tradition of the yoga and tantric world view.
    Literature
      required literature
    • Bělka L. - Fujda M. - Kubovčáková Z., Náboženství světa II. Východní tradice, Brno 2014
    • KNIPE, David M. Hinduismus :experimenty s posvátnem. Vyd. 1. Praha: Prostor, 1997. 228 s. ISBN 80-85190-57-5. info
      recommended literature
    • Cultural atlas of Japan (Orig.) : Svět Japonska : kulturní atlas. info
    • BEROUNSKÝ, Daniel. Tibetské představy o zásvětí. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2014. 118 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-7069-1. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
    • Základní texty východních náboženství. Edited by Dušan Zbavitel. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2007. 188 s. ISBN 9788072038466. info
    • CHENG, Anne. Dějiny čínského myšlení. Translated by Helena Beguivinová - Olga Lomová - David Sehnal - Dušan Vávra. 1. vyd. Praha: DrahmaGaia, 2006. xv, 688. ISBN 8086685527. info
    • BOWRING, Richard John. The religious traditions of Japan, 500-1600. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. xvi, 485. ISBN 052185119X. info
    • LOPEZ, Donald Jr. Příběh buddhismu. Průvodce dějinami buddhismu a jeho učením. Brno: Barrister and Principal, 2003. ISBN 80-86598-54-3. info
    • ADLER, Joseph A. Chinese religions. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2002. 144 s. ISBN 0415262836. info
    • Shinto in history : ways of the Kami. Edited by John Breen - M. J. Teeuwen. 1st pub. Surrey: Curzon, 2000. xii, 368. ISBN 0700711724. info
    • OVERMYER, Daniel L. Náboženství Číny :svět jako živý organismus. V českém jazyce vyd. 2. Praha: Prostor, 1999. 178 s. ISBN 80-85190-98-2. 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
    • Religions of China in practice. Edited by Donald S. Lopez. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996. xvi, 499 s. ISBN 0-691-02143-0. info
    • CHING, Julia. Chinese religions. 1st pub. Houndmills: Macmillan, 1993. xv, 275. ISBN 0333531744. info
      not specified
    • At the end of the course students should be able to:
    • Define elementary concepts of Buddhism in Tibet;
    • Define elementary concepts of Buddhism in Japan;
    • Define elementary concepts of Buddhism in China;
    • Define elementary concepts of Hin
    Teaching methods
    Lectures, class discussion, reading.
    Assessment methods
    Colloquium
    Written test based on the required reading, lectures, and presentations (100 points, the minimum of 60 points is required to pass the test).
    Language of instruction
    Czech
    Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
    Study Materials
    The course is taught annually.
    Information on course enrolment limitations: Předmět není určen studentům religionistiky.
    Information about innovation of course.
    This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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