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The Last 100 Years At Beijing’S Tanzhe Buddhist Temple In Light Of Modern China’S Political And Religious Upheavals, Yuxi Yan Dec 2016

The Last 100 Years At Beijing’S Tanzhe Buddhist Temple In Light Of Modern China’S Political And Religious Upheavals, Yuxi Yan

Senior Theses and Capstone Projects

In the last hundred years China has undergone massive cultural upheavals. In politics, the old imperial system gave way to Nationalism, then to strict Communism, and recently to a more moderated Communism that is trying to find a balance between state-controlled and free-market economies.

The cry, “destroy temples to build schools,” was first heard in 1898 as various forms of traditional Chinese religion were opposed by new agendas of modernization. For the next hundred years China witnessed what many historians believe to be the severest attack on religion in history. Ian Johnson writes: “Even before the Communist takeover in 1949 ...


The Unintended Legacy Of Hellenism: The Development And Dissemination Of The Buddha Image, Chukyi Kyaping Apr 2016

The Unintended Legacy Of Hellenism: The Development And Dissemination Of The Buddha Image, Chukyi Kyaping

History Honors Papers

This paper traces the development and evolution of the Buddha image from the first century CE in Gandhara to the fifth century CE in Luoyang, China and discusses the circumstances that allowed the image to adapt to different cultural environments. The emergence of the Buddha image marked a significant shift in the perception of the Buddha himself, through which Buddhism had effectively transformed from a philosophy into a religion.

Due to the syncretic nature of the Gandhari region, the Buddha image incorporated elements from multiple cultures, most notably from the Hellenistic artistic tradition. The dissemination of the Buddha image, traced ...


Stories Of Sky And Sea: Storying The Generational Divide At Cape Muroto, Eric James Waite Jan 2016

Stories Of Sky And Sea: Storying The Generational Divide At Cape Muroto, Eric James Waite

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Stories of Sky and Sea: Storying the Generational Divide at Cape Muroto is a thesis that demonstrates the identity construction of Japanese groups at Cape Muroto through the embedded local narratives. The paper explores the embodied and imminent nature of the local narratives that are built around the mythic figure Kōbō Daishi. This research focuses on the expressions of “other-than-human-persons”—location, nature, geography, ecology, etc.—as active agents in rhetoric, public memory, and religious folk story. I use ethnographic research to investigate how narrative expresses a religious identity in conversation with social, environmental, and economic conditions.


Life Is Suffering: Buddhism As A Potential Obstacle To Crisis And Trauma Intervention, Elizabeth Peevy Jan 2016

Life Is Suffering: Buddhism As A Potential Obstacle To Crisis And Trauma Intervention, Elizabeth Peevy

Honors Theses

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the need for an empirical examination of the interaction between Crisis Intervention strategies and religions. While there seem to be obvious obstacles to crisis intervention within the major tenets of most of the world's religions, there has been little to no accessible research on the subject. This paper will focus only on Buddhism, a religion that gets much attention in regard to mental health. In the practice of crisis and trauma intervention, a person who holds to traditional Buddhist views should theoretically suffer more severely with PTSD symptoms because of Buddhism ...