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Topics in the Study of Chinese Buddhist Texts I: Translated Texts

This seminar will explore the variety of descriptions of the ideal figure of the bodhisattva found in Mahāyāna literature translated into Chinese. We will also look at attempts to lay out a path to bodhisattvahood in this literature and in Chinese commentaries. We will then go on to examine the representations (textual and visual) of some major Bodhisattvas in the East Asian tradition such as Guanyin/Kannon, Dizang/Jizō, etc. Students will be introduced to the use of specialised research tools for the study of East Asian religions such as dictionaries, concordances, indices and databases.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: No Language?: No

James A. Benn

Professor | Director, McMaster University Centre for Buddhist Studies