This subject offers an advanced introduction to the history, doctrines, beliefs and practices of Buddhism in China. The first part explores the transition from ‘Buddhism in China’ to ‘Chinese Buddhism’ with a survey of the impact of the different Buddhism traditions on Chinese culture and vice versa. China is selected because of the successful sinicisation process that includes the transformation of various Buddhist traditions and their interactiosn with indigenous philosophy, culture and religious practices from the turn of the Common Era to the present. The second part of the subject continues the exploration of how this naturalised form of Buddhism continues to transform and is assimilated by other cultures. The survey includes how humanistic Buddhism plays a role in global Buddhist communities.
- Analyse and critically evaluate the key factors influencing the naturalisation of a foreign religion.
- Analyse and assess the complex role and influence of Buddhism on indigenous religious, social and cultural life such as thought, value, art, architecture, literature and language.
- Identify the constructive competencies and conditions for future development of Buddhism.
- Develop the skills to pose research questions, investigate and analyse the literature, and present oral and written research reports.
- Assessment 1: Individual presentation and report on critical evaluation and application (20%)
- Assessment 2: Critical review of book, book section or article (30%)
- Assessment 3: Final paper on a research topic (50%)