INDIAN BUDDHST TEXT

S ASIAN C215A
288 DWINELLLE
W 3-6P
2-4
84030
VON ROSPATT, A

The seminar is to provide a foundation for engaging with the core doctrines of scholastic Buddhism, notably its analysis of the mind and its functioning. I intend to focus on mainstream Sarvastivada-Sautrantika Buddhist doctrine, reading a short Abhidharma work by Vasubandhu, the Pancaskandhaka. The Pancaskandhaka is a concise text, a primer of sorts, that we will be able to read in its entirety. In addition to the recent Sanskrit edition (which is based on a manuscript that became available only in the last decade in China), we will also consult the Tibetan and Chinese translation (Professors Sharf and Dalton might join us for that) and have recourse to the Sanskrit manuscript itself. While the Pancaskandhaka offers a comprehensive summary of mainstream Buddhist doctrine, the reading is also intended as a platform to engage more specifically with particular aspects of Indian doctrinal Buddhism, including a comparison with Pali abhidhammma where useful. Furthermore, the reading of the Pancaskandhaka is to serve as a stepping stone for an engagement with Yogacara Buddhism. Time allowing we will start reading Yogacara sources already in fall, though this is meant to be in principle the theme of my seminar in the spring term.

Fall 2012