History of The Shin Buddhist Tradition: Premodern
A survey of themes and problems in the history of Jōdoshinshū Buddhism, from Hōnen into the nineteenth century, including doctrine but also other associated issues (institutionalization, women’s roles, evolution of teachings, interaction with political and economic regimes, etc.).
This online course involves readings and written interactions among students and instructor.
Evaluation: Weekly student writings/Final paper.
Primary aim is to establish basic knowledge, which may serve as foundation for subsequent studies. For all students concerned with Shin Buddhism’s interaction with Japanese history, but assumes some general familiarity with Buddhist traditions.