REL 354 China and the Creation of East Asian Buddhism (3 credits)
While Buddhism originated in India, today it exists primarily outside its South Asian homeland, in Southeast, North and East Asia. Brought to China by missionaries, fundamentally new forms of Buddhism arose in China. One of these, known as Chan, and better known to many under its Japanese name, Zen, has become a household word in the West. Others, such as Tiantai, while less known in the West, played a crucial role in the development of East Asian Buddhism as a whole. This course will focus on some of the uniquely Chinese forms of Buddhism that sought faithfully to transmit the teachings of the Buddha to the peoples of Asia, in ways appropriate to Asian cultures. Religious Difference, Non-Western Studies.