Program: Japan and its Buddhist Traditions

The program lasts three months and is based in Kyoto. Classes are held at Ryukoku University’s Omiya campus, where the students also have access to the library, computer cluster, and dining hall. Participants take the following core courses: *Practice and Theory of Buddhism*, Japanese language, and an *Independent Study* project. The fourth course is a choice between *Japanese Society and Cultural Traditions* and *Japanese Religions: Buddhism, Shinto, and the New Religions*. Additionally, students are exposed to Buddhist practice in the form of *zazen* meditation, as well as attending the morning liturgy at Higashi Honganji temple. Opportunities for immersive practice include a five-day intensive retreat (*sesshin*) at Unsenji, a Soto Zen monastery in Okayama prefecture, as well as week-long instruction in Shingon meditation and ritual on Koyasan, and Shugendo practice in the Kii Peninsula. Finally, students have the opportunity to listen to lectures and receive instruction from various English-speaking experts residing in Japan, as well as to visit numerous temples and sites of religious importance and attend workshops on Japanese culture. I would be happy to offer additional information to anyone interested.

Deadline: March 30, 2014.

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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