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• Religious methodology: philosophy of religion, psychology of religion, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, and history of religions.

• Seminar on religion: Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, folk religion , and new religious movements.

• Religion and contemporary civilization: religion and education, laws, literature, administration, arts, mass media, life-and-death studies, ethics, hermeneutics, and contemporary culture.

• History of Buddhism, interpretation of Buddhist scriptures, thoughts of Buddhist sects and other Buddhism-related topics.

• Modern languages: English and Japanese special reading courses for Buddhist and other religious literature .

• Traditional Buddhist languages: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan and Buddhist hybrid Chinese.

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•  Section of Religious Studies: the focus is broadly on studies both of traditional world religions and of Taiwanese folk religions.

•  Section of Buddhist Studies: the main focus is on studies of Indian Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism. Courses are offered, however, on Tibetan and Taiwanese Buddhism as well.

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Characteristics of the Curriculum

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Apart from our own faculty, a number of teachers from the departments of Life-and-Death Studies, Philosophy, Literature, and the College of Social Sciences, also hold courses in the Institute to ensure the variety of courses.

Comparative studies between eastern religions (such as Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Taiwanese folk religion) and western religions are encouraged.

There is a special emphasis on religious methodology and Buddhist scriptural languages to have our students well-prepared for higher research works.

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Question future development
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 . Many students graduated from our institute continued to pursue a doctorate, and 11 of them have obtained doctor degrees from the universities in Taiwan and abroad.

 . Some of our Master's graduates have become teachers in the universities.

 .  Many of our Master's graduates hold the important positions in religious institutes, and make contibutions to the promotion of religious theories.

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