Buddhist Philosophical Traditions (BDST3611)


This unit provides a history of Buddhist ideas. It begins by introducing basic Buddhist teachings before moving on to their later philosophical systematization. Students are introduced to the assumptions of traditional scholasticism and the methods of comparative philosophy in exploring Buddhist approaches to such issues as selfhood, ethics, being and knowledge, and language and conceptuality. A key focus is on how ideas originally formulated in an Indian Buddhist milieu were later transformed and elaborated upon in Tibet, China and Japan.

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x1000wd tutorial written paper (20%), 1xtutorial presentation (15%), 1x1500wd exam (25%), tutorial participation (10%)

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(12 senior credit points from Buddhist Studies) or (12 senior credit points of Asian Studies) or (12 senior credit points of Studies in Religion or World Religions) or (12 senior credit points from Philosophy)



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