REL 101 Exam Topics B
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The exam will be multiple choice, and as covered in the syllabus, will
count 10% of your grade. There is only one right answer perquestion. If
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If you have any questions about the exam or the topics included in the
exam, please ask me. You can come in during office hours, make
anappointment or send me email. I will not be overly picky about dates and
names. However, you should know major figures and thinkers covered in the
course so far and the major ideas associated with them:
Ancient Chinese Mythology and Confucius
- Sage Kings - Who were they, and what did they do?
- Confucius and the Duke of Zhou (Chou)
- Key Terms: li (rites and rituals), yi (righteousness),
ren (jen)(benevolence and humanity), hsiao (filial
Confucius' orchestral vision of society - at least 5 aspects of this
- Fingarette - What do these mean: "Secular as Sacred," "Human
Community as Holy Rite," "Way without a Crossroad," "A Confucian
Metaphor - The Holy Vessel"
Laozi (Lao Tzu)
- The Story of how the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) was
- Laozi's ideal of society and government
- Laozi's view of the relationship between intellectual knowledge
- The Story of how the Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) was compiled
- Who was Zhuangzi - lifestyle, family, contradictions in his story
- The relation between perspectivalism, illusion, and oneness in
Zhuangzi's view of language, truth, and reality
- The social and philosophical significance of figures like Cook
Ding (Ting) and Woodworker Qing (Ch'ing)
- The difference between Laozi and Zhuangzi's view of society,
whether to return to nature or live in the world but not be of it.
Bodhidharma and the founding of Chan/Zen Buddhism
- The encounter with Emperor Wu
- Dialogue with four disciples and transmitting the Seal of the
Dharma to Huike (Hui-k'o)
- Possible Daoist and Confucian influences
The Origins of Japanese Religion
- The Unification of Japan and the Role of Religion: Confucian,
Taoist, Buddhist, Shinto (Kami)
- Reason for bringing in Buddhism
The Myth-Histories of the Kojiki (Chronicle of Ancient
Affairs) and Nihon Shoki (First Chronicle of Japan)
- Why were these written?
- What is the story of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu disappearing into
- What is the Hollow-Centered Balance Model proposed by Kawai?
Zen Master Dogen
- Why did Dogen go to China?
- What are his practices of Sitting-only and Practice-as-Awakening?