BL6209/ME6209 - Mahāyāna Buddhist Literature

The course will consist of a study of the following themes : (1) the literary and philosophical treatises of such authors as Asvaghoṣa, Āryadeva, Asańga, Nāgārjuna, Vasubandhu, etc. (2) Prajñāpāramitā literature : its origin and development ; life and teachings of the Buddha as represented in works such as Buddhacarita, Mahāvastu, Lalitavistara, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka and the Avadāna Literature; Bodhisattva concept and the related notions as found in Jātakamālā, Bodhicaryāvatāra, Bodhisattvabhūmi, Samādhirāja Sūtra and Raṣtrapālaparipṛccha; a brief introduction to the Dhāraṇīs and Tantras. (3) An analysis of one of the following works: Lalitavistara, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka, Mahāvastu, Laṅkāvatāra- with special emphasis on the discourse structure and contents. (4) Selected readings from the following texts: Mahāvastu Lalitavistara, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka, Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra.