DATE 
TOPICS/READINGS
3/27The Early Foundations of Japanese Religion
Introducing Japanese Religion (IJR): 1-21, 90-93  Sources of Japanese Tradition (SJT): 3-9
3/29
Kojiki and Nihonshoki: Land of the Rising Sun Goddess
SJT: 13-31, 70-75
3/31
The Way of the Kami: Shinto Then and Now
IJR: 28-31, 58-76  SJT: 31-39
4/3
Through the Torii: The Experience of Shinto
Shinto: The Way Home (SWH): 1-37
4/5
Living Shinto: Everyday Connectedness
SWH: 38-70 • IJR: 25-28
4/7Existential and Essentialist Modalities of Ancient Shinto
SWH: 71-91
4/10Siddhartha Gautama: The Historical Buddha
IJR: 78-82 • The Buddha’s Awakening
4/12The Development of Mahayana Buddhism
Mahayana Buddhism
 • IJR: 82-88 SJT: 55-62, 108-111
4/14EASTER WEEKEND
4/17The Arrival of Buddhism
IJR: 93-99 SJT: 40-42, 100-108, 111-121
4/19
Heian Buddhism: Shingon
IJR: 102-112 SJT: 153-174
4/21MIDTERM EXAM
4/24
Shingon: The Goma Fire Rituals
SJT: 175-196 Goma1 • Goma2
4/26Heian Buddhism: Tendai
IJR: 112-115  SJT: 123-152
4/28Shugendo
IJR: 115-118  Shugendo Onmark/Shugendo Shugendo Rituals
5/1
Kamakura Buddhism: Pure Land
IJR: 121-134 • SJT: 205-230 • Nembutsu
5/3Kamakura Buddhism: Nichiren
IJR: 134-139 • SJT: 292-305 • Daimoku
5/5
Kamakura Buddhism: Zen
IJR: 142-152 • SJT: 306-328 • Eiheiji
5/7
Temple Visit: Myogyoji Nichiren Temple
1S100 Route 59, West ChicagoIL 60185  •  630-293-5235
5/8VIDEO: The Principles and Practice of Zen
Zen Origins
5/10
Zen and Japanese Culture
IJR: 152-165  SJT: 364-372, 387-388 • Archery • Gardens • Calligraphy • Noh
5/12
The Japanese Tea Ceremony
SJT: 388-398 • Zen and the Art of Tea • TEMPLE VISIT PAPER
5/15
The Medieval Period
SWH: 92-103 • SJT: 336-348, 358-363 • Honji Suijaku
5/17
Religion in the Edo Period
IJR: 168-185 • SWH: 103-118 • Ise Shrine
5/19
The Meiji Restoration: Shinto and the State
IJR: 188-205 • SWH: 119-140
5/22
The “New Religions”
IJR: 208-228 • Tenrikyo • Tenrikyo Song/Dance • Soka Gakkai TOPIC PAPER
5/24
MOVIE: Spirited Away, Part I (Film Screening in LAC/Heininger)
SWH: 140-147
5/26MOVIE: Spirited Away, Part II (Film Screening in LAC/Heininger)
SWH: 148-160
5/29MEMORIAL DAY
5/31Pilgrimages
Onmark/Pilgrimage 1
 • Onmark/Pilgrimage 2 • Ohenro
6/2Religion in Postwar Japan
IJR: 232-252 • SWH: 160-170 • FINAL PAPER
6/5Final Exam
Monday, June 5 1:00-3:00 PM