IMAP Department of Philosophy
Japan: Religious Traditions
E科目 (English, English)
Japan is a country steeped in religious thought and practice, its landscape permeated by temples and shrines that have mediated between the human realm and the divine throughout its history. This topography developed historically out of doctrines, rituals, and deities imported from China, Korea, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent and more recently, the West. Upon reaching Japan’s shores, major transformations invariably took place. New lineages emerged and Buddhist practitioners intervened in the worship of local deities, eventually leading to the formation of Shinto. This course explores the major schools of Japanese religions (Pure Land, Tantric, Zen and Nichiren Buddhism, Shinto, Shugendō & newer religions) as well as issues such as religious pluralism, popular devotion, women’s participation, and mountain rituals. In addition to considering doctrinal developments, we will situate religious life in broader socio-historical contexts. The course is arranged in chronological order, beginning with the entrance of Buddhism in the sixth century and proceeding up to the present.|
Keywords : Japanese religions, Buddhism, Shinto, Shugendo|
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Required Ability : English proficiency
Reference Books : Ōtani Eiichi 大谷栄一, Akira Kikuchi 菊地暁, and Takashi Nagaoka 永岡崇, eds. Nihon shukyoshi no ki wado: Kindai shugi o koete 日本宗教史のキーワード: 近代主義を超えて. Keio Gijuku Daigaku Shuppankai, 2018.
Bukkyoshi Gakkai 佛教史学会, ed. Bukkyōshi kenkyū handobukku 仏教史研究ハンドブック. Hōzōkan, 2017.
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