JB303 - Buddhism in Japan 2

The course will begin with a historical review of the two major movements of Ch'an Buddhism in China, Gradual Enlightenment of the Northern School and the Sudden Enlightenment of the Southern School and their introduction to Japan where they developed as Soto and Rinzai sects. The course will focus on the Obaku sect as well, which emerged as a combination of Zen thought and Nembutsu practice. An examination of the basic doctrinal differences among the three schools will form an integral part of the course.