The Religions of China
Syllabus
 
9/10
Introduction: The Book of Changes (Yijing)
ICR: 1-7
9/12 Early Patterns of Chinese Religious Life
ICR: 8-32; Chinese Religion: An Anthology of Sources (CRAS): 13-16; Classical Chinese Literature: 10-17
9/14Funeral Rituals from the Shang to the Present
Chinese Religion: A Contextual Approach: 103-122. 173-177
9/17
The Teachings of Confucius
ICR: 34-48; CRAS: 27-48
9/19
Mencius and Xunzi
ICR: 48-58; CRAS: 55-70
9/21
The Mystical Foundations of Early Daoism
Original Tao: 1-9, 99-123
9/24
Laozi and the Daodejing Mid-Autumn “Moon Day” Festival
ICR: 60-67; Religious & Philosophical...: 59-85; Sources of Chinese Tradition: 79-83, 87-90, 94
9/26
Zhuangzi ~ Wandering with the Way
ICR: 67-70; The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu: 29-34, 36-40, 50-51, 57-58, 90-91
9/26MINDFULNESS MEDITATION (Old Main/Smith Hall, 4:00-5:00 PM)
9/28
The “Organization” of the Dao
ICR: 70-100
10/1
The Quest for Immortality
ICR: 100-110; Opening the Dragon Gate: 6-10, 57-65, 144-151, 160-169
10/3
Diversity in the Daoist Tradition: The Four Areas of Daoist Practice
Finish The Wandering Taoist
10/5
ESSAY 1: The Unity/Diversity of Daoism
10/8
MIDTERM EXAM
 10/10 The Historical Buddha
Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience: 9-32
10/12 Mindfulness: The Foundation of Buddhist Meditation
Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience: 33-64
10/15From Theravada to Mahayana ~ From India to China
ICR: 112-136; CRAS: 127-135
10/17The Chinese Transformation of Buddhism
ICR: 138-154; Sources of Chinese Tradition: 458-461, 472-474; Master Zhi
10/18MINDFULNESS MEDITATION (Old Main/Smith Hall, 4:00-5:00 PM)
10/19
Self Power” in the Chan Tradition
ICR: 154-158; CRAS: 155-164, 331-342
Sun.
10/21
Foguangshan Temple Visit @ 11:00 am
IBPS/BLIA Chicago: 9 S043 Route 53
10/22
Other Power” in the Pure Land Tradition
ICR: 158-161; CRAS: 123-125; Buddhism in Practice: 359-379
10/24
Buddhist Syncretism: Chan/Pure Land ~ Self Power/Other Power
Road to Heaven: 189-220
10/26
Popular/Folk Religion
ICR: 163-186 • ESSAY 2: Self Power/Other Power in Chinese Buddhism
10/29
Zhu Xi and the Development of Neo-Confucianism
ICR: 188-206; CRAS: 183-196
10/31 The Profound Person
C&C: 5-37
11/2
The Fiduciary Community
C&C: 39-66
11/5
Moral Metaphysics
C&C: 67-91
11/7
On Confucian Religiousness
C&C: 93-121
11/9
Wang Yangming’s Response to Zhu Xi Orthodoxy
ICR: 206-211; Sources of Ch. Trad.: 841-858
11/12
Christianity, Islam and other “Western” Religions
ICR: 213-237
11/14
Religion in Modern China
ICR: 239-253; CRAS: 303-316 • ESSAY 3: Is Confucianism a Religion or a Philsophy?
11/16 Religious Revival in Contemporary China
ICR: 253-271; CRAS: 317-329
11/21
FINAL EXAM ~ Wednesday, March 21, 10:00 am-12:00 pm