Modern Korean Buddhism in the Global Context
History, thought and practice of Buddhism in Korea from nineteenth century to present. Topics include colonial Buddhism; relationship with Christianity and Japanese Buddhism; reform movements; post-colonial factionalism; North Korea; critical role of nuns; response to Westernization of society; temples in America. Attention to influence of religious persecution, colonialism, modernity, nationalism, democracy, and globalization on Buddhist reformers, institutions, practices, and rituals. Readings drawn largely from primary sources (in translation), supplemented by secondary works. No prior knowledge of Korean language/culture/Buddhism required. One course.