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Asian and Pacific Studies

China Summer Trip

Field Study in China: Philosophy & Religious Rituals

PHIL/THST/ASPA/HNRS 398 (3 credits)

Summer 2015 (May 9 - May 31)

Cost: lab fee ($750) includes international and domestic airline tickets, lodging, admission fees, transportation, most meals, and more.


Let China Be Your Ultimate Summer Experience!

Take classes and do research projects with Chinese students.

Experience China’s historical monuments, temples and monasteries.

Visit Beijing for 4 days, 2 days in Qufu (hometown to Confucius), and Guangzhou for 2 weeks

Join us on this wonderful trip. It is truly an experience of a lifetime!

No Chinese required!

Please contact Dr. Robin Wang for more information


Two Overnight Excursions

  • The first overnight excursion will visit the Daoist Mountain of Luofa and participate in the rituals there. Explore one of the ten most famous mountains in China, with its 900+ waterfalls, 18 caves, and 72 cliffs. The Chongxu Temple is a famous temple built by Ge Hong who lived from 283 A.D. to 343 A.D.
  • The second overnight excursion will visit Buddhist temples in Shaozhou. These temples of Yunmen are associated with the Sixth Patriarch of Zen in China, Huineng who lived from 638 A.D. to 713 A.D.  Students will stay overnight in a temple and participate in the rituals there.


Course Description

Ancient yet constantly changing, China is a fascinating and dynamic country. As China opens itself up to the modern West, there is new interest in intercultural exchange and  inter-religious dialogue. This course, Philosophy and Religious Rituals, is designed to bring Chinese and LMU students together for an intensive yet rewarding two-week course that combines lecture, discussion, and field experience by investigating religious rituals from Christian and Chinese traditions.

The class will focus on two main activities each day. Each morning session is dedicated to one  particular topic. After a one hour lecture by a  faculty participant, the LMU and Chinese students will break into small groups of five or six students each for discussion. After forty minutes of exchange, the whole class assembles and each group makes a short oral report.

The afternoon session consists in visiting religious sites in Guangzhou, including Buddhist and Daoist monasteries, Sacred Heart Cathedral, and a Protestant church. Each student will write a joint report with a Chinese classmate for a final assignment.