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1 ASIA 382: Buddhism in China 14:00-15:30 TT: Buchanan D222 (Tuesday), D218 (Thursday) Instructor : Jinhua CHEN (Dept. Asian Studies) Office Hour : Asian Center 612 Tel . 604-822-5196; email : jinhua@mail.ubc.ca Grades: Your grade is based on the following three parts : (i) class performance -- 30% (attendance [13%], quizzes [12%] and presentation of mid-term paper [5%]); (ii) mid-term paper (5-6 pages) -- 30%; (iii) final exam/paper -- 40%. Textbook: 1. Mitchell, Donald W. . Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience . New York ; Toronto : Oxford University Press, 2008. 2. Chan, Wing-tsit, A Sourcebook in Chinese Philosophy . Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1969. 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
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