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系所簡介

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系所簡介

東方人文思想研究所簡介:


一、東方人文思想研究所創立宗旨
本校創辦人曉雲法師有感於目前教育重科技而忽人文,重知識而疏德性。於是倡導「人文與科技融匯」,秉持「覺之教育」理念,創辦「華梵大學」。而人文思想以儒佛為精粹,東方人文思想研究所之創立,其宗旨在強化漢傳佛教之研究兼宏儒佛思想,以淑世利他。

發展重點:[以漢傳佛教研究為主,儒佛交涉研究為輔]

二、東方人文思想研究所教育目標
碩士班:培養學術與就業人才,社會與文化服務、宗教團體行政人才、出版事業相關人才。
博士班:培養佛學的專業學術研究人才,佛學行政領導人才、高等教育服務人才、社會與文化服務人才。

三、東方人文思想研究所基本素養

基本素養
素養內涵說明
一、歷史素養
1.能從歷史脈絡理解,把握東方的思想傳統。
2.能透文獻解讀深入,把握東方的思想傳統
二、宗教文化素養
1.理解、尊重東方的宗教傳統。
2.理解東方文化與宗教兩者之間的交涉。
三、思辨反省素養
1.具有開放討論的胸襟。
2.能進行傳統與價值的對話。

 
四、核心能力&能力指標

核心能力
能力指標
一、道德與價值的判斷能力
1.能理解自覺與覺他之基本精神。
2.能自我判斷價值抉擇與道德基礎。
3.能建立學術倫理與專業道德。
二、儒佛文本之詮釋能力
1.能使用佛教原典語言正確解讀漢譯佛典。
2.具有深入理解佛學/儒學文本的能力
3.具有從歷史視野,比較與分析佛學/儒學發展脈絡的能力
4.具有從思想觀點對佛學/儒學內涵比較與分析能力。
三、理性論辯與統整組織能力
1.具有對儒/佛相關議題作思想、歷史或語言等跨領域的研究能力。
2.能以現代語言文字,準確論述文本意涵及建立清晰的觀念。
3.對佛學/儒學相關議題及文化現象產生問題意識,並能加以分類探討、研究及提出解決方案。
四、學術研究與論文撰寫能力
1.能積極主動的發現議題,並確實掌握問題意識。
2.就展現之研究議題,能精確且條理的反省思考,並進行理念溝通與論述。
3.能訂定具體可行的專題或學術論文題目,並蒐集相關文獻,擬定論文大綱,並如期依序完成論文撰寫。
五、國內外學界與文化交流能力
1.能閱讀日語或英語等外語之佛學/儒學文獻。
2.能閱讀日語或英語等外語之參考資料。
3.具備多元文化的基本知識與國際視野。

 

Graduate Institute of Asian Humanities華梵大學 東方人文思想研究所
Introduction

 

* I. Ideal and Goal

The Graduate Institute of Asian Humanities at Huafan University was founded in August, 1994. On the basis of the educational ideals of the founder of Huafan University, Venarable Xiaoyun Fashi 曉雲法師(1912-2004), the Institute’s primary goal aims at fostering graduate and post-graduate students with a profound knowledge of the traditional East Asian culture developed in the shape of Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist thought, along with a humanistic concern and a global view for modern communities, which could be grounded on the basis of this culture and ideals. Students are trained to perform the role of the actors and mediators in the modern world of academic, cultural, and economic areas under the current trend of globalization.

* II. Characteristics in Teaching

(a) Content

The Graduate Institute emphasizes and teaches both the reading of the classics, scriptures, canonical texts as well as commentaries composed or compiled by the Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist masters or thinkers, and the modern and pre-modern interpretations based on these ancient sources. All the courses and lectures are designed to enhance the students’ understanding of the ancient texts in Classical Chinese and Sanskrit by means of using modern libraries and digital tools. Both the teaching and the research of the Graduate Institute focus on the intellectual, historical, religious development of the indigenous Chinese Buddhist schools and exegetical traditions, their methods of practice, the confluence with the indigenous philosophical traditions, as well as their impact and influence on the world of modern Chinese thought. Moreover, the Graduate Institute has also established the Tiantai Archive Center (TAC) which contains – besides all the Tiantai classics – the whole collection of all the modern and pre-modern studies on this Chinese Buddhist school – which is the earliest and, probably, the most influential one in East Asian Buddhism. The development of the Chinese Buddhist traditions is rooted in the translation of the scriptures transmitted from India as well as the indigenous philosophy and religious practices. Therefore, the Graduate Institute also offers courses about Confucian and Daoist thought, in addition to the lectures related to Buddhist contents, and the study of Sanskrit and ancient Buddhist Chinese. The scope of texts that these courses and lectures are dealing with includes Buddhist sūtras, śāstras, commentaries, hagiographies, chronicles, materials of historiography, literature and poetry, and Confucian and Daoist classics. Both graduate students as well as those of the doctor class are trained to become competent in performing academic research by reading and understanding all these ancient texts of that research field. The content of the doctor class further specializes on particular topics and issues which concern the confluence of Chinese indigenous culture with Indian Buddhist thought, as well as the independent development of the Buddhist schools in China. The Graduate Institute also cooperates with local and international Buddhist Faculties of other academic institutes and libraries in a diversity of research and teaching projects.        

(b) Languages

The Graduate Institute and its doctor class offer courses of ancient classical languages, such as Classical Chinese of different periods, Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan. In addition to this, students are also trained in modern academic languages, such as Japanese and English. The doctor class also offers lectures in English, besides Chinese.

(c) Division of Classes

Besides the courses for classical languages and academic languages, there are the classes for the graduate students and those for the doctor class students, which deal with the contents introduced in the previous section. Most of the lectures and courses are taught in Chinese.

(d) Tiantai Archive Center

The Graduate Institute has established the Tiantai Archive Center (TAC) which contains all the Tiantai classics and the whole collection of pre-modern as well as modern studies related to this Buddhist school. In each semester, two or three invited guest speakers and scholars lecture on a topic related to Chinese Tiantai Buddhism. Moreover, every two years, this center organizes an international conference on a topic in Buddhist studies. The 2012 conference on Chinese Tiantai Buddhism resulted in a published collection of the peer-reviewed conference articles – Special Edition of Tiantai Studies (Huafan Xuebao Zhuankan) – composed by internationally known scholars of this field from Japan, China, Hongkong, Taiwan, USA, and Europe in Chinese and English. The 2014 conference “Language in the Traditions of Madhyamaka Thought” dealt with the Indo-Tibetan and East Asian traditions of this Mahāyāna school and was attended by internationally well known scholars from Japan, China, Taiwan, USA, Canada, Germany, UK, Italy, and Israel. The collection of the conference articles is planned to be published by the prestigious Austrian Academy of Science Press in English. Further events and publications on a regular basis are planned in future. Moreover, the website of the TAC also contains a search function for all the topics and materials collected in the archive. Each academic year offers a course related to the research projects and work of the TAC, which includes and integrates the students’ study into the projects of this center. In this way, students are trained to interact with both the international and the local academia.

(e) Teacher-Student Interactions

Besides the classroom contact, the teachers here are amiable, willing to offer help in solving problems in class and in life – particularly for the student from foreign countries, which also gives much encouragement for students in their learning interests. In a broad sense, this positive relationship may lead students into a path that is healthier and higher in regard to their choice of a life career.

Research Focus:

With the establishment of the Tiantai Research Center (TAC), the focus of research is on the examination and description of the intellectual development of Chinese Buddhism, which includes the issue of translation and transmission of the Indian heritage, the confluence with the indigenous tradition of thought, the emergence of the schools and exegetical traditions in China, their mutual interaction as well as that with Confucianism and Daoism, their methods of ritual and religious practices and meditation, and their influence on the world of thought in the environment of modern Chinese societies. The TAC not only organizes international conferences on relevant topics in the area of Buddhist thought and practice in South Asia and East Asia but also publishes the collections of articles based on those conferences with distinguished and well known publishing companies in the international academia. The scope of research projects conducted by the members of the TAC includes the translation of relevant Tiantai texts into English and other Western languages, the publication of monographs on the development of Tiantai thought and its interaction with other indigenous schools in the intellectual history of Chinese Buddhism, and the exploration of Indian commentaries to Madhyamaka root texts, which are only extant in the Chinese canon.   

 

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