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Assignment Questions

Zen Buddhisms on Japanese Religion

At least three pages for each of the questions. Sources have to come from those stated below or those uploaded.

1. Discuss the aims of the various Zen Buddhisms in Japan, the procedures used to reach that aim, internal contradictions and how they left an impact on Japanese Culture

2. Discuss (don’t simply give) various factors (pros and cons) entering into the success and failure of Christianity in the 16th and 17th century Japan.

3. Identify and discuss three aspects of Japanese religion that challenge your default categories of religion in general


Japanese Religion: Unity and Diversity — Earhart, Byron
Zen Action, Zen Person — Kasulis, Tom
Religion in the Japanese Experience: Sources and Interpretations — Earhart, Byron
Tokugawa Ideology — Ooms, Herman
Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan — Ooms, Herman
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