This course explores Japanese religious thought and practice through the theoretical lens of landscape. Topics will include: the influence of geography (islands, mountains, plains, oceans) on the conceptions of kami (gods) in early Japan; ideas about landscape and space in Japanese Buddhism; how Buddhist doctrine is “taught” through landscape art; how landscape determines reli-gious practice; the practical and theoretical roles of temple and shrine architecture, grounds, and gardens; pilgrimage as movement through religious space/land-scape; and changing religious practices in the modern landscape.

Course format: Online discussion.

Evaluation method: Participation/Term paper.

Prerequisites: Assumes some knowledge of Japanese religion, culture and/or language.

Auditors with Faculty Permission.

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Our online courses are co-sponsored by the Starr King School for the Ministry

HRHS 8450 : Topics in Japanese Religion: Japanese Religious Landscape