Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code AQH00402 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 日本の仏教
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Japanese Buddhism
リグスビー カーティス アンドリュー
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Mon3-4:IAS K202
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
Lectures (handouts, PowerPoint slides) 
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 03 : Religion
Eligible Students
Keywords Japanese Buddhism, traditional Japanese arts, Japanese martial arts, modern Japanese philosophy & commentaries on traditional Japanese religion (ex. Kyoto School, Nishida Philosophy), Comparative Thought 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
The aim of this course is to deepen the understanding of Buddhism and its relationship to Japanese thought and Japanese arts.  
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
・Knowledge and understanding of "Japanese and Japanese culture"  and "foreign languages and foreign culture" which are prerequisite abilities for communication with peoples in different culture and areas.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to specify necessary theories and methods for consideration of issues.

Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines.
・The knowledge and understanding of one's own language and culture and other languages and cultures that are prerequisite abilities for communication with people from different cultures and areas of specialization.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to specify necessary theories and methods for the consideration of important issues. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course is an introduction to Japanese Buddhism. This course will examine the history of Japanese Buddhism, but will also comparatively consider its similarities and differences with other religious traditions of the world, as well as its relevance for aesthetic, moral, or theoretical contributions to Japan and the world today.  
Class Schedule lesson1 Introduction
lesson2 Nara Buddhism: Indian & Chinese Background
lesson3 Heian Buddhism: Kami & Buddha
lesson4 Esoteric Buddhism: Kukai & Shingon
lesson5 Kamakura Buddhism
lesson6 Pure Land Buddhism
lesson7 Zen
lesson8 Overview & Discussion 
reading materials announced / provided in class 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Handouts, projector (PowerPoint slides) 
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Preparation and
Students must read the assigned readings, give a presentation, and submit a final paper. Students must come prepared to each class with a question-comment card which includes two questions and / or comments about the assigned reading. Although the instructor will give lectures, students are strongly encouraged to enter into discussion. 
Requirements Adjustments may be made to the syllabus mid-term in order to best guide the unique needs of the students. 
Grading Method Assessment will be based on a presentation (50%) and a final report (50%) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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