Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin

Syllabus
Postgraduate course: subjects available
in the academic year of 2019

Course Category Course subjects Course Contents
Shin Buddhism 1. Textual studies of the Larger Sutra (Bussetsu Muryoju Kyo) Lectures on reading the Larger Sutra from the Three Pure Land Sutras and explaining its essentials
2. Textual studies of the Contemplation Sutra and the Smaller Sutra (Bussetsu Amida kyo) Lectures on reading the Contemplation Sutra and the Smaller Sutra from the Three Pure Land Sutras and explaining their essentials
3. Textual studies of the Seven Pure Land Masters (A) Lectures on reading one of the treatises by the Seven Pure Land Masters and explaining its essentials
4. Textual studies of the Seven Pure Land Masters (B) Lectures on reading one of the treatises by the Seven Pure Land Masters and explaining its essentials
5. Textual studies of Kyogyoshinsho (A) Lectures on reading one of the former three chapters from Kyogyoshinhso (The True Teaching, Practice, and Realization of the Pure Land Way) and explaining its essentials
6. Textual studies of Kyogyoshinsho (B) Lectures on reading one of the latter three chapters from Kyogyoshinhso (The True Teaching, Practice, and Realization of the Pure Land Way) and explaining its essentials
7. Discussion subjects for the settled heart (anjin rondai) Lectures on anjin rondai (discussion subjects for the settled heart) in Shin Buddhism
Buddhism 1. Studies of Buddhist scriptures Lectures on the outlines of several famous sutras
2. Introduction to the Abhidharmakośa and Vijñapti-mātratā General lectures on the teachings of Abhidharmakośa (the theory of Abhidharma storehouse treatise) and Vijñapti-mātratā (the theory of consciousness-only)
3. Introduction to Avataṃsaka and T’ien-t’ai General lectures on the teachings of Avataṃsaka (Garland) and T’ien-t’ai (Celestial Platform)
4. Introduction to Pure Land Buddhism General Lectures on the teachings of Pure Land Buddhism
Religion 1. Studies of religious issues Lectures on the teachings and present status of folk religion and world religion
Missions 1. Missionary studies Lectures on the theories and practices of missions in general
2. Theory on social missionary activities Learning latest social environment issues
3. Training for residential ministers and assistants Lectures on the present status of the Hongwanji denomination and temple activities
Shin Buddhist Service 1. Shin Buddhist service (A) Training on chanting
2. Shin Buddhist service (B) Training on service manners
Practical Action 1. Lectures on practical action Introduction to Shin Buddhist practical action for realizing an egalitarian society
Training 1. Training on Shin Buddhist service and dharma talk Practical instructions on Shin Buddhist service and dharma talk
PE 1. Physical Education  

Regular course: subjects available in the academic year of 2019

Course Category Course subjects Course Contents
Shin Buddhism 1. Textual studies of Shin Buddhist scriptures Lectures on the outlines of the Three Pure Land Sutras, Shinran Shonin’s Kyogyoshinhso (The True Teaching, Practice, and Realization of the Pure Land Way), and other Shin Buddhist scriptures
2. Textual studies of Shoshinge Lectures on reading Shoshinge (Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu) and explaining the essentials of Shin Buddhist primary sutras and the tradition of the Seven Pure Land Masters
3. Textual Studies of Wasan Lectures on the essentials of Sanjo Wasan (threefold collection of hymns)
4. Introduction to Shin Buddhism (A) General lectures on Shin Buddhist teaching and faith
5. Introduction to Shin Buddhism (B) Lectures on reading the scriptures by several historic head priests of Hongwanji and explaining their essentials
6. Introduction to Shin Buddhism (C) Learning Shin Buddhist teachings in a discussion style
7. Discussion subjects for the settled heart (anjin rondai) Lectures on anjin rondai (discussion subjects for the settled heart) in Shin Buddhism
Buddhism 1. Introduction to Buddhism (A) Lectures on the basic Buddhist teaching
2. Introduction to Buddhism (B) Lectures on the essentials of several Buddhist schools
33. Introduction to Buddhism (C) Learning Buddhist teachings in a discussion style
Religion Religion Lectures on the outlines of religious issues
History Buddhist history Lectures on the outlines of the Buddhist history in India, China, and Japan
Shin Buddhist history Lectures on the outlines of Shin Buddhist history
Shin Buddhist Service Shin Buddhist service Lectures and instructions on Shin Buddhist daily service
Chanting Lectures and instructions on chanting
Laws and Regulations Hongwanji-ha laws and regulations General lectures on laws and regulations in Hongwanji-ha
Practical Action Lectures on Practical Action (A) Introduction to Shin Buddhist practical action for realizing an egalitarian society
Lectures Practical Action (B) Introduction to Shin Buddhist practical action for realizing an egalitarian society
Skills 1. Calligraphy Training on calligraphic writing necessary for priests
  2. Buddhist Music Training on Buddhist music
  3. Flower Arrangement Training on flower arrangement for Buddhist offering
Training 1. Training on Shin Buddhist service and dharma talk Practical instructions on Shin Buddhist service and dharma talk
P. E. 1. Physical Education  

*The minimum requirement for a non-native speaker of Japanese is daily conversation ability in Japanese and literacy in the hiragana and katakana syllabary.