ME6102 - Mahāyāna Buddhism


Regular Lecture
July. 30, 2018 – Nov. 30, 2018

Dr. Fa Qing

Course Description

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

Early Mahayana

On Madhyamaka

From Madhymaka to Yogacara

On Yogacara

On Cultivation

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rimpoche. Progressive Stage of Meditation on Emptiness. Oxford: Longchen Foundation, 1988.

Bodhisattva Path

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

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 7th edition, 2009.

Course Requirements

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:

MP3: Mahayana Buddhism (Dr. Peter Della Santina)

Allocation of Marks
1. Presentation: 10%
2. One Essay 30%
3. Final written exam: 60%