CB403 - School of Chinese Buddhism II: Tian Tai School

Tian Tai
Dr. Fa Qing

Course Description:
This study is designed to enable the students to gain a general knowledge of the fundamental teachings of the T'ien T'ai (Tian Tai) School of China and the Tendai School of Japan. It will make a historical survey of the developments within the school and the influence it exerted on the subsequent schools of Buddhist thought, both in China and Japan.

Required Textbook:

- Hurvitz, Leon. "Chih-i (538-597): An Introduction to the Life and Ideas of a Chinese Monk." Melanges Chinoises et Bouddhiques 12 (1962): 1-372.

- Neal Donner and Daniel B. Stevenson's The Great Calming and Contemplation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1993.

Recommend Reference

- Swanson, P. The Philosophy of T'ien-t'ai. Berkeley: Asian Humanities Press, 1989.

- Wright, A. Studies in Chinese Buddhism, ed. R. Somers. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990.

- Zürcher, E. The Buddhist Conquest of China. Leiden: Brill, 2 vols.

- Lusthaus, Dan. Buddhist philosophy, Chinese. In E. Craig (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge. Retrieved December 11, 2006, from http://www.rep.routledge.com/article/G002

- So far the best website for study Tian Tai School: http://www.tientai.net/ 

- http://www.tendai.org/i_tendai_buddhism/history.html  

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