Course Outline: BP313 Madhayamaka: The Buddhist Doctrine of Emptiness, 2011/2012, Semester 2
- Garfield, Jay L. The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way:Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamādhyamakakārikā. New York: Oxford University , 1995.
- Jamgon Mipham Namgyal Gyatsho. The Adornment of the Middle Way:Shāntarakshita's Madhyamakālankāra with commentary by Jamgon Mipham. New Delhi: Shechen, 2003.
- Kalupahana, David. J. Mūlamādhyamakakārikā of Nāgārjuna:The Philosophy of the Middle Way. Delhi: Motilal Banarasidas, 1999.
- Karma Phuntsho. Mipham’s Dialectics and the Debates on Emptiness. London: Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 2005.
- Murti, T. R. V. The Central Philosophy of Buddhism. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1998.
- Pettit, John W., at al. Mipham's Beacon of Certainty:Illuminating the view of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection. Boston: Wisdom, 1999.
- Venkata, Ramanan K. Nāgārjuna’s Philosophy. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas, 1998.
- Wood, Thomas E. Nāgārjuna's Disputations:A Philosophical Journey Through an Indian Looking Glass. Delhi: Indian Book Centre,1995
The course is widely based on lectures and the following topics will be discussed:
- Lecture 1 Survey of Early Buddhism with special reference to Emptiness.
- Lecture 2 Anātma Doctrine in Early Buddhism and Śūnyatā in Madhyamaka System.
- Lecture 3 Historical development of Buddhist thought.
- Lecture 4 Abhidharmikas amd Madhyamakas.
- Lecture 5 Outline of Madhyamaka Philosophy.
- Lecture 6 Two extremes and Madhyamā Pratipad.
- Lecture 7 Catuṣkoṭi and view of Nāgārjuna.
- Lecture 8 Dialectical method of Nāgārjuna.
- Lecture 9 Midterm examination
- Lecture 10 Real meaning of Emptiness.
- Lecture 11 Madhyamaka identification of Pratītya-samutpāda, Śūnyatā and Madhayamā Pratipad.
- Lecture 12 The concept of Truth.
- Lecture 13 Madhyamaka Syllogism.
- Lecture 14 Madhyamaka Absolutism.
- Lecture 15 Final 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 05 %
- 2. Essay assignment 15 %
- 3. Midterm Examination 20 %
- 4. Final Written Examination 60 %
This course is intended to provide comprehensive understanding of the Mahāyāna’s view of Emptiness.
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|