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Asian 382 Buddhism in China Requirements, Purposes, Goals, Methods, and Technical Issues
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Grading Your grade is based on the following three  parts: n (i) class performance -- 30% (attendance  [13%], quizzes [12%] and presentation of  midterm paper [5%]); n (ii) midterm paper (5-6 pages) -- 30%; n (iii) final exam/paper -- 40%.
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Readings    Before coming to each class (except for the first one),  students need complete all the reading material and  carefully think about the questions that are handed out in  advance. The lectures are designed to complement,  rather than replace, material which is presented in the  assigned books and the reading materials to be handed  out. In addition, some additional readings might be  necessary for writing your essays (contact the instructor  regarding the topics of your essays and the necessary  reading material).
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Course Description This course surveys the formation, development and influence of Buddhism in medieval China. The course is in two parts. The first part traces the long and complex process in which Buddhism began as a foreign religion with little appeal to the Chinese nationals, gradually became Sinified, and eventually formed one of the most important systems of philosophical and religious thought in China. Particular attention is given to the (1) formation of the major Buddhist schools in the Sui-Tang dynasties (roughly from the sixth to tenth century CE), (2) the dynamic and productive interaction between these Buddhist schools and (3) the immense impact of Buddhism as a whole on the transformation of indigenous Chinese traditions. The second part examines Buddhism’s multiple roles in medieval Chinese society against a broader socio-political context, with a focus on monastic economy and its influence on the greater economic and social life of the medieval Chinese people.
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Course Schedule (I) Part 1 Week (1) Introduction  Week (2) Basic Theories and Practices in Indian Buddhism: Historical Survey (Mitchell,  Chapt. 1-2)  Week (3) Basic Theories and Practices in Indian Buddhism: Buddhist World of Meanings  3 (Mitchell, Chapt. 3-5)  Week (4) Initial Contact and the Responses: Buddhism’s Arrival in China and Its  Conflicts with Confucianism and Taoism (1st-3rd century) (Mitchell, Chapt. 7, pp. 178- 183)  Week (5) Confucianism and Taoism: Two Traditions Interacting with Buddhism (Chen  Chapter 1-3, 7-8)  Week (6) New Development of Buddhism from the 4th to 6th Century (Mitchell, Chapt. 7  (pp. 183-190); Chen, Chap. 21)  Week (7) The Flourishing of Chinese Buddhism under the Tang Dynasty (the 7th to 10th  Century) (I): A General Survey (Mitchell, Chapt. 7, pp. 185-217); Week (8) Midterm Break 
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2012 for the course ASIA/HIST 382 taught by Professor Chenjinhua during the Spring '12 term at The University of British Columbia.

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