Religious Harmony in China
Syllabus
 
8/26
Early Patterns of Chinese Religious Life
ICR: 1-19 Chin. Rel.: An Anthology of Sources (CRAS): 13-16 Classical Chinese Literature: 10-17
8/31 Gods, Ancestors & Ghosts: Funeral Rituals from the Shang to the Present
ICR: 19-32 Chinese Religion: A Contextual Approach: 103-122, 173-177
9/2The Teachings of Confucius
ICR: 34-48 CRAS: 27-48
9/7
Mencius and Xunzi
ICR: 48-58 Mencius XunziRecommended Primary Sources ~ CRAS: 55-70
9/9
The Mystical Foundations of Early Daoism
Original Tao: 1-9, 99-123 The Wandering Taoist
9/9
CONTEMPLATIVE SERIES: CHRISTIAN LABYRINTH MEDITATION
4:00-5:00 PM: Oesterle Library South Lawn (or Old Main/Smith Hall if bad weather)
9/14
Laozi and the Daodejing
ICR: 60-67 Religious & Philosophical...: 59-85 Sources of CT: 79-83, 87-90, 94 The Wandering Taoist
9/16
Zhuangzi: Wandering with the Way
ICR: 67-70 Zhuangzi Chuang Tzu: 29-33, 46-48, 57-58, 84-91 The Wandering Taoist
9/21
The Organization of the Dao Mid-Autumn Festival (a.k.a. Moon Day)
ICR: 70-100 The Wandering Taoist
9/23
The Quest for Immortality
ICR: 100-110 Opening the Dragon Gate: 6-10, 57-65, 144-151, 160-169 The Wandering Taoist
9/28
Unity and Diversity in the Daoist Tradition: The Four Areas of Daoist Practice
The Wandering Taoist
9/29
CONTEMPLATIVE SERIES: MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
4:00-5:00 PM: Old Main/Smith Hall
9/30
MOVIE: The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity
The Wandering Taoist
10/5
MOVIE: The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity (continued)
Essay 1 ~ Daoism: Living in Harmony with the Forces of Nature
10/7
The Historical Buddha
Buddha
 10/12 Mahayana Buddhism and the Transmission from India to China
ICR: 112-136 CRAS: 127-135 Essential Chan Buddhism
10/14 The Chinese Transformation of Buddhism
ICR: 138-154 Sources of Chinese Tradition: 458-461, 472-474 Essential Chan Buddhism
10/19FALL BREAK
10/21Self Power” in the Chan Tradition
ICR: 154-158 CRAS: 155-164, 331-342 Essential Chan Buddhism
10/25
CONTEMPLATIVE SERIES: CHRISTIAN LABYRINTH MEDITATION
4:00-5:00 PM: Wentz Science Center/Stevenson Hall
10/26
Other Power” in the Pure Land Tradition
ICR: 158-161 CRAS: 123-125 Buddhism in Practice: 359-379 Essential Chan Buddhism
10/28
Buddhist Syncretism: Chan/Pure Land & Self Power/Other Power
Road to Heaven: 189-220 Essential Chan Buddhism
10/31
PURE LAND CENTER & BUDDHIST LIBRARY
9:30 AM @ 1120 E. Ogden Avenue, Suite 108, Naperville, IL 60563
11/2
Popular/Folk Religion
ICR: 163-186 Essential Chan Buddhism
11/4
MOVIE: The Monkey King 2
Essential Chan Buddhism
11/9
MOVIE: The Monkey King 2 (continued)
Essay 2 ~ Buddhism: Realizing Harmony with the Totality of Space-Time
11/11
Zhu Xi and the Development of Neo-Confucianism
ICR: 188-206 CRAS: 183-196
11/16 The Profound Person
C&C: 5-37
11/17
CONTEMPLATIVE SERIES: MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
4:00-5:00 PM: Old Main/Smith Hall
11/18
The Fiduciary Community
C&C: 39-66
11/23
Moral Metaphysics
C&C: 67-91
11/25THANKSGIVING
11/30
On Confucian Religiousness
C&C: 93-121
12/2
Wang Yangming’s Response to Zhu Xi Orthodoxy
ICR: 206-211 Sources of Ch. Trad.: 841-858
12/7
“Western” Religions and the Challenge of Modernity
ICR: 213-249
12/9
Religion in the PRC: Reevaluating Harmony in Contemporary China
ICR: 249-271 CRAS: 303-316 • Essay 3 ~ Confucianism: Establishing Harmony in the Human Realm
12/14
FINAL EXAM ~ Tuesday, December 14, 1:30-3:30 pm