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Asian Studies: Chinese Religions

Image and Video Resources

The Gods Come Home: China'sTraditional Faiths Persevere. This 52 minute film details Buddhism in China. It consists of:

  1. Religious Revival in China (5:36)
  2. China: Is Religion Unstoppable? (4:04)
  3. Tradition Buddhism and Temples (3:49)
  4. Buddhism and China's New Wealthy Class (4:45)
  5. Non-Government Supported Churches (3:56)
  6. China's Folk Religions (5:26)
  7. Buddhism; Pro-Business Faith (3:01)
  8. State-Sponsored Buddhism (3:42)
  9. Crisis of Belief in China (:58)
  10. Dalai Lama on Religion in China (3:35)
  11. Chinese Government Intolerant of Outside Influences (3:22)
  12. China's Five Religions (3:32)
  13. Buddhism Ingrained in China's People (4:17)

Hunan: Monks, Artists, and Mummies (45:00) This film covers Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism as they exist in Hunan today.

The Lost World of Tibet: A Different View. One hour film showing Tibet from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Rethinking Tibet's Dark Age: Demons, Tantras, and the Formation of Tibetan Buddhism from the Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley. The inaugural Khyentse Foundation lecture in Tibetian Buddhism. Lecturer Jacob Dalton. Available as a Wecast or a Podcast.

Online Resources

Chinese Philosophy: Buddhism; Hsueh-li Cheng. From the Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ed. Donald M. Borchert. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. p160-170. Gale Virtual Reference Library

Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms by W.E. Soothill and L. Hodous. The original book was written in the 1930s but it has continued to be an important resource as much of the data can not be found elsewhere. Charles Muller digitized the work in 2003.

Mahayana Buddhist Sutras in English provides various translations of the primary sutras including the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, and others.

eJournals and eBooks

Mahayana Buddhism: The doctrinal foundation by Paul Williams (2008). This title is widely regarded as the standard introduction to the field. (eBook)

Chan Buddhism in ritual context by Berand Faure (2003).

Recent Titles in Chinese

ASU Library has an extensive collection of titles in Chinese. Most are located in in the East Asia Collection in the basement of Hayden Library. Here are a few of the most current titles:

輕安自在 / 李焯芬著 (Qing an zi zai/ Li Zhuofen zhu). Beijing Shi: Zhonghua shu ju, 2010. Location: Hayden East Asia, BQ4060.L53 2010

西藏佛教美术讲座 / 金申著 (Xizang fo jiao mei shu jiang zuo / Jin Shen zhu). Beijing Shi: Wen wu chu ban she, 2009. Location: Hayden East Asia, N8193.C6 J56 2009

英藏法藏敦煌遺書研究按號索引 / 申國美, 李德範編 (Ying cang Fa cang Dunhuang yi shu yan jiu an hao suo yin / Shen Guomei, Li Defan bian). Beijing : Guo jia tu shu guan chu ban she, 2009. Location: Hayden East Asia, AC149.D863 Y56 2009 vols. 1-3

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