10/27/06

 

Please download the following three podcasts and listen to them repeatedly studying the vocabulary and questions provided at the same time. I will either announce quizzes concerning them at a later time or incorporate them in your next exam. If you have any questions, technical, academic, or otherwise, please contact me by email. I will provide customer service 24/7 when I am in this country.

 

1. Early Buddhism

 

Vocabulary and Questions

 

Gautama Siddhartha (Sakyamuni)

bodhi tree

Mara (the evil one)

Nirvana

Tripitaka: sutras, sastras, and vinayas

Madyamika (middle way)

sunya

Yogacara

Maitreya (the future Buddha)

Bodhisattva

Avelokitesvara (Guanyin)

 

Questions:

What are the Four Noble Truths?

What is the Buddhist concept of the self?

What lies behind the metaphor to compare the transmigration of the soul to the passing of the flame from one lamp to another?

 

2. Tang Dynasty

 

Vocabulary and Questions:

 

Li Yuan (Gaozu)

Tang dynasty

Guanzhong

Li Shimin (Taizong)

Wei Zheng

Gaozong

Wu Zetian

Xuanzong (the Brilliant Emperor)

Kaiyuan

Tianbao

Li Linfu

Zhang Jiuling

Yang Guifei

Yang Guozhong

An Lushan

Sogdian (pertaining to Sogdiana, an area in Central Asia)

 

Questions:

1. What are some of the key factors that favored Li Yuan in his effort to building his own dynasty?

2. How would you characterize the relationship between Taizong and his courtiers in general and that between Taizong and Wei Zheng in particular?

3. Describe Li Linfu¡¯s frontier policy and its consequences.

4. The two reign periods of Xuanzong--compare them and give an account of differences.

 

3. Post-An Lushan

 

Vocabulary and Questions:

 

Uighurs

Tibetans

Hexi Corridor

Gansu

Zhang Yichao

Huang Chao Rebellion

Xizong

eunuch power

Zhaozong

Zhu Quanzong (warlord)

Changfan and its destruction

Five Dynasties

Bian (Kaifeng)

Liang

Tang

Jin

Han

Zhou

Ten States

Song dynasty

 

Questions:

What happened in the post-rebellion period to Tang-Tibetan relations?

What role did the Uighrs play in the An Lushan rebellion and thereafter?

What happened to the eunuchs in 903?

Why the period between Tang and Song is referred to as that of the Five Dynasties and Ten States?

 

11/15/06

 

4. The Needham question (Science and technology in premodern China)