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Department
Religion
Course
RLG206H5
Professor
Shinji Takagaki
Semester
Winter

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April 2012: Part 1: answer 4 of the following questions a) According to the Pure Land Sutras, what was Amitabha Buddha‟s 18 vow? th What is the significance of this vow? th b) According to the Pure Land Sutras, what was Amitabha Buddha‟s 35 vow? What is the significance of this vow? c) What was the significance of the Vimalakirti Sutra (Yuima-kyo) in the development of Buddhism in Japan? d) What was the significance of the Golden light Sutra in the development of Buddhism in Japan? e) What is the significance of the Great Cloud Sutra (Ta-yin ching) with respect to Chinese Buddhism? f) Define/describe Bodhidharma (Chinese: putitamo/Tamo; Japan: Bodaidaruma/Daruma). g) Define/describe Maitreya h) Define/describle Rushana/Vairocana Buddha i) Define/describe the Bodhisattva of Superb Action (Vishishtacharitra) j) Avalokitesvara Part 2: identify/explain (4), the significance of the following figures a) B.R. Ambedkar b) Buddhadasa Bhikku c) D.T. Suzuki d) Caroline A.F. Rhys Davids e) Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott f) Maha Ghosananda (Samdech Preah Maha Ghosananda) g) Sulak Sivaraksa h) Thick Nhat Hanh Part 3: answer 3 of the following questions a) What is the main sutra associated with the Ch‟an/Zen School of Buddhism? Explain how the concepts of this sutra are reflected in the rituals and concepts of this school. b) What is the main sutra associated with the Pure Land school of Buddhism? Explain how the concepts of this sutra are reflected in the rituals and concepts of this school. c) What is the main ritual practice for the Ch‟an/zen school of Buddhism? d) Main ritual practice for the Pure Land school of Buddhism? Explain why this
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