Please note that particular contents may be subject to change according to preferences of the respective lecturer.To get a better understanding of past ISJP activities, see also our report of previous semesters. Folk Religion
Shugen-do, Daoism, shamanism in Okinawa and among Ainu, ancestor veneration, pilgrimages, cults related to abortion (mizuko-kuyo) and aging (pokkuri), basic concepts such as pollution and purification (kegare and oharai), etc.
Introduction of Buddhism to Japan; Buddhism of the Asuka period;
Meiji period: Shinto-derived new religions: Oomoto-kyo, Konko-kyo.
Introduction to Japanese theologians and religious thinkers/writers:
Non-Christian approaches to other religions, conditions for authentic interreligious dialogue, Buddhist-Christian dialogue in Japan (with Zen and Pure Land Buddhism), etc.Reading Classic Japanese Buddhist Texts
A specialist will read together with the students an important Buddhist text and explain it (e.g. Honens Senchaku-shu, Shinrans Tanni-sho, Dogens Shobo genzo, Nishitanis What is Religion?, etc.)Introduction to Basic Japanese language
Set phrases for everyday conversation, key vocabulary for shopping, travel and living etc. Introduction to simple grammatical patterns.Exposure Program
Parallel to the classes, weekly fieldtrips to sacred places will be offered and dialogue meetings with their representatives will be arranged.