HISTORY OF ANCIENT JAPANESE PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIONS 1

Academic year
2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA E DELLE RELIGIONI DEL GIAPPONE ANTICO
Course code
LM1030 (AF:215497 AR:100191)
Modality
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
L-OR/20
Period
2nd Semester
Course year
2
Where
VENEZIA
To give an outline of the most important thinkers and religious buddhist schools of ancient Japan.
The knowledge of Japanese history and of the basic principles of Buddhism, Confucianism and Shinto.
The course will analyse the development, in the Heian and Kamakura periods, of the buddhist Pure Land tradition, analysing the teachings of some great masters, in particular of Shinran, on the meaning of faith and wisdom in the path for salvation, their escatological visions of paradises and hells, the new meditative practices they preached, and their ideological position against the dominant esoteric episteme.
James Dobbins - Richard Payne - Michael Solomon (a cura di), THE PURE LAND TRADITION: HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT, Berkeley Buddhist Studies Series, University of California Press, Berkeley 1996.

James Dobbins, JODO SHINSHU. SHIN BUDDHISM IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu 2002.

Alfred Bloom (a cura di), LIVING IN AMIDA UNIVERSAL VOW: ESSAYS IN SHIN BUDDHISM, World Wisdom, Bloomington 2004.


oral
Oral exam
1. all the programme
2. the students will be required to make research on a specific topic and to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint.
Traditional lessons with the use of audio-visual documentation
Italian
Italian.
If there will be foreign students, the course will be given in English.
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book