Course Outline: BP205 Mahāyāna Buddhism: Basic Doctrines, 2011/2012, Semester 2
- Anacker, S. Seven Works of Vasubandhu. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1998.
- Santina, Peter Della. Causality and Emptiness: The Wisdom of Nagarjuna. Singapore: Buddhist Research Society, 2002.
- ----. The Tree of Enlightenment. (chapters 14 – 21) California: Chico Dharma Study Foundation, 1997.
- Dutt, Nalinaksha. Mahāyāna Buddhism. Delhi,: Bharatiya Kala, 2008.
- Garfield, Jay L. The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way. New York: Oxford University, 1995.
- Nakamura, Hajime. Indian Buddhism: A Survey with Bibliographical Notes. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2007.
- Nagao, G. M. Madhyamika and Yogācāra. Delhi: Sri Satguru, 1992.
- Warder, A.K. Indian Buddhism. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1997.
- Williams, Paul. Mahāyāna Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundation. London: Routledge, 2004.
This will be supplemented by selected readings from some of the major Mahāyāna Sūtras and from the works of Nāgārjuna and Vasubandhu.
- Lecture 1 Origins of the Mahāyāna: Preliminary conditions.
- Lecture 2 Buddhist councils and the emergence of the schools.
- Lecture 3 Traces of Mahāyāna in the Pali Canon.
- Lecture 4 Sadddharmapūṇḍarīka Sūtra.
- Lecture 5 Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya Sūtra.
- Lecture 6 Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra.
- Lecture 7 Major Mahāyāna Schools: Madhyamaka andYogācāra.
- Lecture 8 Pratītyasamutpādahṛdayakārikā.
- Lecture 9 Midterm Examination.
- Lecture 10 Mūlamadhyamakakārikā.
- Lecture 11 Viṃṥatikā.
- Lecture 12 Trisvabhāvanirdeṥa.
- Lecture 13 The developments of Mahāyāna Philosophy.
- Lecture 14 Mahāyāna Buddhism in Practice.
- Lecture 15 The Schools of Chinese Buddhism & Revision.
All students are expected:
- 1. To attend minimum of 80% of the schedule classes to be eligible to sit for the final examination.
- 2. Students are required to write an essay not less than 1500 words.
- 3. Class Participation.
- 4. Midterm written examination.
- 5. Final written examination.
- 6. For essay writing related helpful guide: http://ibc.ac.th/faqingessayguide
- 1. Class participation 5 %
- 2. Essay assignment 15 %
- 3. Midterm Examination 20 %
- 4. Final Written Examination 60 %
By the end of the course, the students should gain a sound understanding of the basic doctrines of the Mahāyāna and their textual foundations represented by the major Mahāyāna schools: the Madhyamaka and the Yogācāra. They should also develop an appreciation of the role played by the Mahāyāna in the evolution of Buddhist schools in China.
All tests, assignments and examinations are graded as follows with grade point and numerical marks:
|Grade||Performance||Grade value||Percentage Equivalence|
|F||Fail||0.0||29 or less|
|WF||Withdrawn because of failure|