Mahayana Buddhism

PHL2017FH Buddhism in China: Three Founding Texts in Chinese Mahayana Buddhism
Instructor: Vincent Shen
Time: 2013F Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00

Both textual and philosophical analyses will be used in the study of three founding texts in Chinese Mahayana Buddhism: first, the Zhao Lun (Treatises of Monk Zhao), especially the treatise on ‘Emptiness of the Unreal’ that turned from earlier Chinese Buddhist appropriation of Daoist language of you(being) and wu(non-being) back to Buddhist concept of kong (emptiness); second, the Dasheng Qixin Lun (Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana) that impacted all later Chinese Mahayana Buddhist sects; third, Zongmi’s Yuanren Lun (Treatise on the Origin of
Humanity) that theoretically subsumed all other schools, including Confucianism and Daoism, under its philosophical system.

Evaluation: Attendance and participation 10%; Presentation and discussion 30%; Term paper 60%