JAP149 Buddhism: Teaching, Practice, and Rituals

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Zuzana Kubovčáková, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Luboš Bělka, CSc.
Department of Japanese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Japanese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Mon 14:00–15:40 B2.13
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 160 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 61/160, only registered: 0/160, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/160
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The primary goal of the course is to provide an introduction into the history and development of Buddhist thought in East Asia, offering a general religious and philosophical ideas of various Buddhist schools, as well as examples of its both lay and monastic practice. Also, the intention is to overcome two millennia of its journey and provide a perspective on Buddhism in the present era, as it is practiced in Asia as well as in the United States and Europe. The motive behind this is to demonstrate that Buddhism is far from medieval or outlived religious system isolated within the monastic walls, but to illustrate original Buddhist ideas and their actualization in the present world, Eastern and Western combined.
  • Life of the Buddha
  • Basic Tenents of the Teaching
  • Early Buddhist Councils: Role of Buddha's Disciples in the Sangha
  • Teaching of the Elders
  • Revolution and Schism in Buddhism: Development of the Mahayana
  • Mahayana and the Prajnaparamita Sutras
  • The Five Buddha Families
  • A Pattern of the Universe: A Mandala
  • Chinese Philosophical Schools of Buddhism: Hua-yen and Tien-tai Tradition
  • Merging of Indian and Chinese Thought: The Chan Tradition
  • Simple Teachings: Amidism
  • Buddhist Monasticism and Training Methods
  • Buddhism in the West: Engaged Buddhism and the Role of Women
  • Buddhist texts through the ages. Edited by Edward Conze - I. B. Horner - David L. Snellgrove - Arthur Waley. London: Oneworld, 2014. 322 stran. ISBN 9781780743981. info
  • GOMBRICH, Richard F. What the Buddha thought. Corrected edition. Sheffield: Equinox, 2013. xv, 239. ISBN 9781845536145. info
  • WILLIAMS, Paul, Anthony TRIBE and Alexander WYNNE. Buddhist thought : a complete introduction to the Indian tradition. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2012. x, 271. ISBN 9780203153178. info
  • GOMBRICH, Richard F. Theravāda buddhism : a social history from ancient Benares to modern Colombo. Second edition. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2006. xiii, 234. ISBN 9780415365086. info
  • Perfection of wisdom : the short Prajñāpāramitā texts. Translated by Edward Conze. Totnes, UK: Buddhist Publishing Group, 2002. 282 stran. ISBN 0946672288. info
  • GETHIN, Rupert. The foundations of Buddhism. First published as an Oxford. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. xi, 333. ISBN 9780192892232. info
  • WILLIAMS, Paul. Mahāyāna Buddhism : the doctrinal foundations. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 1989. xii, 317. ISBN 0415025370. info
Teaching methods
Lecture, documentaries, class discussions.
Assessment methods
Final test or oral exam.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
General note: Předmět je určen i pro studenty mimo mateřské obory.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2016.
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