CB405 - Buddhism in China: Sudden and Gradual Enlightenment

The course focuses on the Buddhist controversy on the sudden versus gradual approaches to Enlightenment: Can Enlightenment be approached through a series of successive approximations or can it only be realized all at once in its entirety? Although the sudden-gradual polarity was not without antecedent history in other Buddhist tradition, it will be discussed here with particular reference to the history of Buddhism in China.