DATE 
TOPICS/READINGS
1/6 Introduction: Religion in Japan?
1/8 Religious Pluralism in Japan: Turning to the Gods in Times of Trouble
Religion in Contemporary Japan (RCJ): 1-22 (Chapter 1)
1/10The Early Foundations of Japanese Religion
Introducing Japanese Religion (IJR): 1-21, 58-64, 90-93  Sources of Japanese Tradition (SJT): 3-9
1/13
Kojiki and Nihonshoki: Land of the Rising Sun Goddess
SJT: 13-31, 70-75
1/15
The Way of the Kami: Shinto Then and Now
RCJ: 55-76 (Chapter 3) • IJR: 28-31, 64-76
1/17
Through the Torii: The Experience of Shinto
Shinto: The Way Home (SWH): 1-37
1/20
Living Shinto: Everyday Connectedness
SWH: 38-70 • IJR: 25-28
1/22Politics and Religion in Early Japan: Existential and Essentialist Modalities of Shinto
SWH: 71-91 • SJT: 40-42, 50-55
1/24 MOVIE: Spirited Away (G 20)
NingenkanKannagaraShinto and Human Life
1/27 MOVIE: Spirited Away (G 20)
Tradition vs. Innovation and the Creatures in Spirited AwayShinto Perspectives
1/28 Contemplative Event: Christian Orthodox Meditation
12:00-1:00 PM @ Heininger Auditorium (Larrance Academic Center)
1/29Siddhartha Gautama: The Historical Buddha
IJR: 78-82 • The Life of Gautama Buddha
1/31The Development of Mahayana Buddhism
Mahayana Buddhism
 • IJR: 82-88 SJT: 55-62, 108-111
2/3The Arrival of Buddhism
IJR: 93-99, 31-32 SJT: 100-108, 111-121 “Spirited Away” Paper
2/5Heian Buddhism: Shingon
IJR: 102-112, 32-34 SJT: 153-174
2/7
Shingon: The Goma Fire Ritual
SJT: 175-196 Goma1 • Goma2
2/10Heian Buddhism: Tendai
IJR: 112-118, 34-35 SJT: 123-152
2/12
Popular Media as Pathways to Spirituality?
RCJ: 23-54 (Chapter 2)
2/13Contemplative Event: Mindfulness Meditation
4:00-5:00 PM @ Smith Hall (Old Main, Second Floor)
2/14 MOVIE: Onmyoji II (Smith Hall: Old Main, Second Floor)
RCJ: 107-133 (Chapter 5)
2/17 MOVIE: Onmyoji II (Smith Hall: Old Main, Second Floor)
A Portrait of Abe no SeimeiYumemakura Baku’s Oni  (BB/Readings)
2/19Kamakura Buddhism: Pure Land
IJR: 121-134, 35-38 • SJT: 205-230 • Nembutsu
2/21
Kamakura Buddhism: Nichiren
IJR: 134-139, 39-41 • SJT: 292-305 • Daimoku
2/23NICHIREN TEMPLE VISIT (9:45-11:45 am)
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2/24
Kamakura Buddhism: Zen
IJR: 142-152, 38-39 • SJT: 306-328 • Eiheiji“Onmyoji II” Paper
2/26
VIDEO: The Principles and Practice of Zen
Japanese Zen Buddhist Philosophy
2/26Contemplative Event: Christian Labyrinth Meditation
4:15 and 4:45 PM @ Stevenson Hall (Wentz Science Center, Second Floor)
2/28
Zen and Japanese Culture
IJR: 152-165  SJT: 364-372, 387-388 • Archery • Rock Gardens • Calligraphy • Noh Temple Visit Paper
3/2-3/6
SPRING BREAK
3/9 The Japanese Tea Ceremony
SJT: 388-398 • Zen and the Art of Tea
3/10
Contemplative Event: Buddhist Meditation
12:00-1:00 PM @ Smith Hall (Old Main, Second Floor)
3/11
The Medieval Period
SWH: 92-103 • SJT: 336-348, 358-363 • Honji Suijaku
3/13
Religion in the Edo Period
IJR: 168-185 , 41-42• SWH: 103-118 • Ise Shrine
3/16 Zen, Death and the Ancestors
RCJ: 77-106 (Chapter 4) • IJR: 53-54
3/18
The Meiji Restoration: Shinto and the State
IJR: 188-205 • SWH: 119-140
3/20 MOVIE: The Great Yokai War (G 20) Yokai: Fantastic Creatures of Japanese FolkloreKirinYasunori KatoYomotsumonoSunekosuriKawahimeShojoKappaDaitenguIppondataraNurarihyonAzuki Arai
3/23 MOVIE: The Great Yokai War (G 20)
Murtuary Rites for Inanimate Objects: The Case of Hari Kuyo
3/25
The “New Religions”
IJR: 208-228, 42-43 • Tenrikyo • Tenrikyo Song/Dance • Soka Gakkai
3/26 Contemplative Event: Mindfulness Meditation
4:00-5:00 PM @ Smith Hall (Old Main, Second Floor)
3/27
Spirits, Satellites and a User-Friendly Religion: Agonshu and the New Religions
RCJ: 194-233 (Chapter 8)
3/30Religion in Postwar Japan
IJR: 232-252, 43-53 • SWH: 140-147 “The Great Yokai War” Paper
4/1 Sites and Sights: Temples and Shrines as Centers of Power and Enlightenment
RCJ: 134-167 (Chapter 6)
4/2 Contemplative Event: Hindu Meditation
12:00-1:00 PM @ Heininger Auditorium (Larrance Academic Center)
4/3 Actions, Amulets and the Expression of Meaning: Reflections of Need and Statements of Desire
RCJ: 168-193 (Chapter 7)
4/6Pilgrimages
Onmark/Pilgrimage 1
 • Onmark/Pilgrimage 2 • Ohenro
4/8 Nishida Kitaro and the Kyoto School of Philosophy
An Inquiry into the Good: 3-29, 158-166
4/10 GOOD FRIDAY: AFTERNOON CLASSES CANCELED
4/13 MOVIE: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Dogen’s Instructions for the Tenzo • B5R: “Earth” and “Water”
4/15MOVIE: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Continued)
B5R: “Fire,” “Wind,” “Emptiness” and “Afterword”
4/17HONOR’S DAY: CLASS CANCELED
4/20 Shugendo: An Exemplification of “The Synthesis of Buddhism and Shinto” (Shinbutsu-shugo)
IJR: 115-118  Shugendo Onmark/Shugendo Shugendo Rituals
4/22 Conclusions: Religious Pluralism and Practical Benefits
SWH: 148-170 • RCJ: 234-243 (Conclusion) • “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” Paper Contemplative Event Paper?