HISTORY OF ANCIENT JAPANESE PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIONS 1

Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA E DELLE RELIGIONI DEL GIAPPONE ANTICO
Course code
LM1030 (AF:245976 AR:138580)
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
1
Where
VENEZIA
To give an outline of the most important concepts and ritual practices in Japanese esoteric buddhist tradition.
The knowledge of Japanese history and of the basic principles of Buddhism.
The course will deal with the construction and the historical development of the esoteric Buddhist tradition in Japan, the fundamental ideas and the forms of the complex rituality of the Shingon and Tendai schools. The course will also highlight the deviant tendencies of tantric practices. Another focus of the course will be the influence of esotericism in the Shinto tradition and the flowering of the ascetic tradition of the Shugendo. The crisis of the esoteric episteme will also be analyzed in the face of the impact with modernity and the revival of the tantric discourse in the movements of religious renewal of contemporary Japan.
Yamasaki Taikō, Shingon: Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, Shambala, Boston and London 1988.

The following articles published in Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia, a cura di C. Orzech - H. Sorensen - R. Payne, E.J. Brill, Leiden 2010.
1. A. Drakakis, “Onmyōdō and Esoteric Buddhism”, pp. 683-690.
2. E. Tinsley, “Kūkai and the Development of Shingon Buddhism”, pp. 691-708.
3. L. Dolce, “The Esoteric Buddhism and the Tendai School”, pp. 744-767.
4. F. Rambelli, “Shintō and Esoteric Buddhism”, pp. 835-844.

J. Sanford, “The Abominable Tachikawa Skull Ritual”, Monumenta Nipponica, 46, 1, 1991, pp. 1-20.
M. Raveri, “Il problema del sé nel Buddhismo esoterico contemporaneo, in A. Cislaghi e K. Del Toso (a cura di), Intrecci filosofici. Pensare il sé a Oriente e a Occidente, Mimesis Edizioni, Milano 2012, pp. 47-66.

See also the texts of Kūkai in Hakeda Yoshito, Kūkai. Major Works, Columbia University Press, New York 1972
oral
The exam consists of two parts:
1. the oral presentation by the student (with the possible use of powerpoint) of his monographic research on a topic, at his choice, relevant to the themes of the course. This is to evaluate the student's ability to study autonomously and in depth, his ability to express his arguments in a concise and effective manner.
2. questions related to the topics of the course, with reference to the recommended bibliography.
Traditional lessons, with the support of audiovisual documentation.
Italian
If foreign students will attend the course, the lessons will be given in English.
  • Course with sustainable contents
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 11/06/2018