SpTp: Advanced Production
This course is an introduction to the history, institutions,
doctrines, music, and ritual practices of Buddhism in Japan. It
covers covers the transmission of Buddhism from China and Korea
to Japan; the subsequent evolution in Japan of the Tendai,
Shingon, Pure Land, Nichiren, and Zen schools of Buddhism during
the medieval period; the interaction between Buddhism, "Shinto,"
and "folk religions"; the relationship between Buddhism and the
state, especially during the Edo period; Buddhist perspectives
on nature, healing, and pilgrimage; and Buddhist modernism
during the Meiji period. Major Buddhist figures, such as Kukai,
Dogen, Shinran, Takuan, and others will be considered. No prior
background in music is required.