Buddhism in Chinese History

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Semester 2 2016 3 - 4 & 9-11 Sept 2016 6 Sept 2016 NTI Wollongong Campus

'Buddhism in Chinese History' provides a historical survey of the impact of Buddhism in Chinese culture. Its growth and transformation through significant people, doctrines, practices and institutions from the turn of the Common Era to the present, will be explored. This subject offers an insight into how Buddhism become one of the three pillars of traditional Chinese religions. It begins with the transmission of Buddhism from India to China, and will follow the development of a uniquely Chinese Buddhism - after a period of initial conflict before integrating with the local culture. Buddhist sacred sites will be used as experiential windows to further explore major aspects of the Chinese Buddhist tradition, and its interaction with Chinese literature, philosophy, art, architecture and indigenous religious practices.

Students will:

  • Be able to discuss the key aspects of China’s culture and heritage.
  • Analyse and assess the role and influence of Buddhism in Chinese religious, social and cultural life, such as thought, value, art, architecture, literature and language.
  • Examine the development of Buddhism from the Han Dynasty to the religious reform that is taking place in modern day China.
  • Develop the skills to pose research questions, investigate and analyse the literature, and present oral and written research reports.

Lecturer - Venerable Dr Juewei


Preliminary reading

1 week prior to lectures and workshops

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

9:00am - 5:00pm daily


3 weeks - Final assignments due 


'Selected Readings of Buddhist Literature' can be taken as a non-award subject, or as part of the NTI Applied Buddhist Studies postgraduate program.

This 6 credit point subject can be part of a:

Master of Arts (Applied Buddhist Studies)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Applied Buddhist Studies

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies

24 credit points

Study costs/scholarships

The total subject cost is $1,250.00 for Domestic students, and $1,600.00 for International students.

Australian Students are eligible for an automatic $200.00 scholarship subsidy and International Students are eligible for an automatic $400.00 scholarship subsidy:

Total cost:

Australian students


International students


Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites to study this subject as a non-award student. Buddhists and non-Buddhists are welcome, and no prior knowledge is required. There are academic and/or program and work experience prerequisites for studying this subject as part of the NTI Applied Buddhist Studies program. Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.