ME6102 - Mahāyāna Buddhism
Dr. Fa Qing
This course aims at students without previous knowledge of Mahāyāna Buddhism. It provides an introduction to Mahāyāna Buddhism in the widest sense. After a brief look at the development of Buddhism in India after the death of the Buddha, this course concentrates on the historical, philosophical and religious origins of Mahāyāna Buddhism in India. These include the Bodhisattva ideal; Buddhological developments; the philosophical systematizations of the Mādhyamaka and Yogācāra schools; the reasons for the dominant position of Mahāyāna Buddhism in China and an investigation on the features of the newly emerged Mahāyāna modernism (i.e., Japanese Buddhism).
Recommended e-Books for your research paper
- Akira, Hirakawa A History of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana. Trans. Paul Groner. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, Publication Year: 1990.
- Conze, Edward. Buddhist Thought In India: Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy. London: George Alien & Unwin. 1983. pp.195-302.
- Williams, Paul. Mahāyāna Buddhism: The doctrinal foundations. New York: Routledge, 2009.
- Nagao, Gadjin. The Foundational Standpoint of Mādhyamika Philosophy. Trans. John P. Keenan. New York: State University of New York, 1989.
- Garfield, Jay L. The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
- Kalupahana, David J. Mūlamadhyamakakārikā of Nagarjuna: The Philosophy of the Middle Way. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1991.
From Madhymaka to Yogacara
- Nagao, Gadjin M. Mādhyamaka and Yogācāra. Trans. L. Kawamura. New York: State University of New York, 1991.
- Harris, Ian Charles. The continuity of madhyamaka and yogadira in Indian Mahayana Buddhism. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1991.
- Hanson, Elena France. Early Yogacara and its Relation to Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka. Dissertation, Harvard University, 1998.
- Kochumuttom, Thomas A. A Buddhist Donctrine of Experience. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1982.
- Lusthaus, Dan. Buddhist Phenomenology: A Philosophical Investigation of Yogacara Buddhism and the Ch'eng Wei-shih Lun. Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism Series. London: Routledge, 2002.
- Kawamura, Leslie S. The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhism. Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, 1981.
- Dayal, Har. The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhist Sanskrit Literature. Reprint. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1971.
Mahāsāṃghika and Mahāyāna
Prebish, Charles S., and Janice J. Nattier. "Mahāsāṃghika Origins: The Beginnings of Buddhist Sectarianism." History of Religions 16 (February 1977): 237–272.
MLA Style Guide
Students require to read the assigned textbook before joining the class (weekly reading assignment will be given in the class). One essay (around 5 pages, double space with footnotes and bibliography) and one presentation are required. The presentation will be 10 to 20 minutes. After presentation there will be question and answer session.
For essay writing guide, read the article online at: http://ibc.ac.th/faqing/essayguide
Allocation of Marks
1. Presentation: 10%
2. One Essay 30%
3. Final written exam: 60%
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