RELI 308 - Does Pikachu Have a Buddha Nature? Buddhism in Japan

This course provides an overview of the history of Buddhism in Japan. Major themes covered in the course include an integration of indigenous "kami veneration" (Shinto) into a Buddhist theological framework; a doctrinal emphasis placed on the notion of Buddha nature or "original enlightenment" (hongaku); the rise of the so-called Kamakura schools of Buddhism; bureaucratic roles imparted to Buddhist temples during the Tokugawa period; and challenges Buddhism faces in contemporary Japanese society.

Also Offered As
JPN 308
Grade Basis
Regular Grades
Course Attributes
General Ed-Tiers (Before 2022)