The Religions of China
Syllabus
 
1/4
Yijing: The Book of Changes
ICR: 1-7
1/6 Early Patterns of Chinese Religious Life
ICR: 8-32; Chinese Religion: An Anthology of Sources (CRAS): 13-16; Classical Chinese Literature: 10-17
1/8
Funeral Rituals from the Shang to the Present
Chinese Religion: A Contextual Approach: 103-122, 173-177
1/11
The Teachings of Confucius
ICR: 34-48; CRAS: 27-48
1/13
Mencius and Xunzi
ICR: 48-58; CRAS: 55-70
1/15
The Mystical Foundations of Early Daoism
Original Tao: 1-9, 99-123
1/18
Laozi and the Daodejing
ICR: 60-67; Religious & Philosophical...: 59-85; Sources of Chinese Tradition: 79-83, 87-90, 94
1/20
 Zhuangzi ~ Wandering with the Way
ICR: 67-70; The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu: 29-34, 36-40, 50-51, 57-58, 90-91
1/22
The “Organization” of Daoism
ICR: 70-100
1/25
The Quest for Immortality
ICR: 100-110; Opening the Dragon Gate: 6-10, 57-65, 144-151, 160-169
1/27
Bridging the Gap between “Philosophical” and “Religious” Daoism
Taoism: The Enduring Tradition: 172-203
1/29
The Myriad Ways of Cultivating Qi
• Essay 1: The Unity/Diversity of Daoism
2/1
MIDTERM EXAM
2/3 The Historical Buddha
Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience: 9-32
2/5 Mindfulness: The Foundation of Buddhist Meditation
Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience: 33-64
2/8From Theravada to Mahayana ~ From India to China • New Year 1 New Year 2
ICR: 112-136; CRAS: 127-135
2/10The Chinese Transformation of Buddhism
ICR: 138-154; Sources of Chinese Tradition: 458-461, 472-474; Master Zhi
2/12
Self Power” in the Chan Tradition
ICR: 154-158; CRAS: 155-164, 331-342; Footprints in the Snow: 95-131
Sun.
2/14
Foguangshan Temple Visit
9 S043 Route 53 @ 10:15 AM
2/15
Other Power” in the Pure Land Tradition
ICR: 158-161; CRAS: 123-125; Buddhism in Practice: 359-379
2/17
Buddhist Syncretism: Chan/Pure Land ~ Self Power/Other Power
R2H: 189-220
2/19
Popular/Folk Religion
ICR: 163-186 • Essay 2: Self Power/Other Power in Chinese Buddhism
2/22
Zhu Xi and the Development of Neo-Confucianism
ICR: 188-206; CRAS: 183-196
2/24 The Profound Person
C&C: 5-37
2/26
The Fiduciary Community
C&C: 39-66
2/29
Moral Metaphysics
C&C: 67-91
3/2
On Confucian Religiousness
C&C: 93-121
3/4
Wang Yangming’s Response to Zhu Xi Orthodoxy
ICR: 206-211; Sources of Ch. Trad.: 841-858
3/7
Christianity, Islam and other “Western” Religions
ICR: 213-237 • Essay 3: Is Confucianism a Religion or a Philsophy?
3/9
Religion in Modern China
ICR: 239-253; CRAS: 303-316
3/11 Religious Revival in Contemporary China
ICR: 253-271; CRAS: 317-329
3/16
FINAL EXAM ~ Wednesday, March 16 ~ 10:00 am-12:00 pm