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Approx. 21 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Module 13 Modern China

This module presents what is unique to the Song dynasty: why it can be called “modern”; how the Three Teachings were transformed and interiorization and rationalization reached new heights; how both Buddhism and Daoism, while continuing to criticize popular religion, also learned to cooperate with it....
7 videos (Total 93 min), 7 quizzes
7 videos
M13.2 Religious change Introduction4m
M13.3 Daoism9m
M13.4 Chaoyuantu19m
M13.5 Buddhist and Daoist altars9m
M13.6 The United Front16m
M13.7 Daoxue as the religion of empire19m
7 practice exercises
M13.1 Historical background6m
M13.2 Religious change Introduction4m
M13.3 Daoism6m
M13.4 Chaoyuantu4m
M13.5 Buddhist and Daoist altars8m
M13.6 The United Front10m
M13.7 Daoxue as the religion of empire10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Module 14 State Religion

This module is about how the state, relying on the Confucian classics, controlled religion and also supported it; how the Northern Song dynasty heavily favoured Daoism, and how this allowed the deification of its ancestors not only but even of the ruling emperor....
4 videos (Total 37 min), 4 quizzes
4 videos
M14.2 Dynastic ancestors8m
M14.3 Huizong12m
M14.4 The role of Confucianism8m
4 practice exercises
M14.1 State control of religion6m
M14.2 Dynastic ancestors8m
M14.3 Huizong10m
M14.4 The role of Confucianism10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Module 15 Local Society

This module shows Chinese religion at the village level, how each of the four religions has its own niche, and how the earth god was at the center of the village in the Song period....
5 videos (Total 66 min), 5 quizzes
5 videos
M15.2 Village earth gods10m
M15.3 Buddhists, Daoists, and kinship institutions6m
M15.4 Shamans19m
M15.5 Chen Chun11m
5 practice exercises
M15.1 The village earth god association12m
M15.2 Village earth gods16m
M15.3 Buddhists, Daoists, and kinship institutions10m
M15.4 Shamans12m
M15.5 Chen Chun6m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Module 16 Daoism in the Song and Jin

This module explains how Heavenly Master Daoism came to the fore and became a collaborator with popular religion; why this meant an increased focus on exorcism; how Daoist self-cultivation became radically dualist....
5 videos (Total 56 min), 5 quizzes
5 videos
M16.2 Daoist marshals15m
M16.3 The Orthodox Method of the Heart of Heaven11m
M16.4 The Heavenly Masters and the universal pantheon9m
M16.5 Daoist self-cultivation5m
5 practice exercises
M16.1 The Universal Salvation ritual14m
M16.2 Daoist marshals12m
M16.3 The Orthodox Method of the Heart of Heaven6m
M16.4 The Heavenly Masters and the universal pantheon8m
M16.5 Daoist self-cultivation8m
Week
5
2 hours to complete

Module 17 Buddhism in the Song

We are going to learn the two main forms of Buddhism in the Song, the more elite Chan, first to gain state support, and the more popular Tiantai, which created lay associations and rituals for lay persons....
5 videos (Total 54 min), 5 quizzes
5 videos
M17.2 Tiantai ritual13m
M17.3 Ritual as self-cultivation5m
M17.4 Rituals for the laity8m
M17.5 Self-cultivation and ritual innovation8m
5 practice exercises
M17.1 Chan self-cultivation10m
M17.2 Tiantai ritual8m
M17.3 Ritual as self-cultivation8m
M17.4 Rituals for the laity6m
M17.5 Self-cultivation and ritual innovation8m
Week
6
2 hours to complete

Module 18 Dunhuang

This module describes the emergence of a culture of Buddhist cave worship during the Period of Division. You can learn how cave murals and statues, together with texts for the water-land ritual, made the Pure Land something very concrete and real for Chinese Buddhists....
6 videos (Total 71 min), 6 quizzes
6 videos
M18.2 Big Buddhas6m
M18.3.1 In Buddhist ritual19m
M18.4.1 The central mural and karmic enmity7m
M18.4.2 The sixteen contemplations22m
M18.4.3 The final three contemplations7m
6 practice exercises
M18.1 Cave culture10m
M18.2 Big Buddhas6m
M18.3.1 In Buddhist ritual22m
M18.4.1 The central mural and karmic enmity12m
M18.4.2 The sixteen contemplations10m
M18.4.3 The final three contemplations6m
Week
7
2 hours to complete

Module 19 Confucianism in the Song 1

This module explores the formation of Daoxue’s two strains, the one (Lu Jiuyuan) more inclusive, the other (Zhu Xi) more exclusive how Daoxue became state orthodoxy....
6 videos (Total 67 min), 6 quizzes
6 videos
M19.2 The precursors14m
M19.3 The Cheng brothers8m
M19.4 Zhu Xi10m
M19.5 Zhu Xi and Lu Jiuyuan5m
M19.6 Zhu Xi’s exclusions14m
6 practice exercises
M19.1 Background8m
M19.2 The precursors14m
M19.3 The Cheng brothers10m
M19.4 Zhu Xi8m
M19.5 Zhu Xi and Lu Jiuyuan8m
M19.6 Zhu Xi’s exclusions12m
Week
8
2 hours to complete

Module 20 Confucianism in the Song 2

This module illustrates how the dualism of Han and Tang Confucians was overcome by Zhu Xi and how this is related to 1) his creation of the new canon of the Four Books; 2) a positive view of the emotions; and 3) his interest in local social institutions. Understand the special place of academies in the Daoxue landscape....
5 videos (Total 57 min), 5 quizzes
5 videos
M20.2 Zhu Xi: What and how to read11m
M20.3 The role of cosmology and ritual21m
M20.4 The role of the elite9m
M20.5 Daoxue academies5m
5 practice exercises
M20.1 Before Zhu Xi6m
M20.2 Zhu Xi: What and how to read12m
M20.3 The role of cosmology and ritual8m
M20.4 The role of the elite8m
M20.5 Daoxue academies6m
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By RSJan 27th 2019

Challenging course but it was very satisfying to be able to glimpse the complexity of religious thought in China during the Song, Jin, and Yuan. Thanks you, Professor..on to Part 4!

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Prof. John Lagerwey

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Centre for China Studies

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