BH401 - History of Buddhist Thought in India

A continuous historical survey of Buddhist thought in India, focusing on the factors that led to the emergence of a wide variety of schools and interpretative traditions within the fold of Buddhism. The course will concentrate on the schools of Abhidharma, the rise of the Sautrāntika as a critical response to the Abhidharma, the Mahāyāna sūtra literature, Madhyamaka, Yogācāra and Tantrayān.