The Study of Chinese Buddhism: Methods, History, and Perspectives
This seminar provides an intensive introduction to the study of Chinese Buddhism in the Western academy. We read and discuss a variety of classic and contemporary English-language books and articles on the study of Chinese Buddhism. Our aim is both to gain a broad knowledge of the history and development of Chinese Buddhism (with a focus on the period through 1000 C.E.), and to critically evaluate how the most prominent scholars in the field of the past fifty years have approached this topic.