This course has two-fold purpose: It presents a detailed treatment of knowable objects in the form of definitions, examples, equivalents and classifications drawn from Collected Topics, the introductory textbook of Buddhist phenomenology or Abhidharma; secondly this material is used to teach methods for thinking clearly about the teachings using the debate typology of the four types of relationships there can be between any two phenomena. We will train in elementary debate skills in a relaxed environment, such as asking for definitions, equivalents and classifications. This course will be required in order to take the next course, Debate 1, which will be offered during the 2021 spring semester.

Prerequisites: Taking BUD 501 (Mind and Its World 1) before this course is recommended. It can also be taken at the same time as a Self-Paced Online Course (SPOC).

Required texts:

    • Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications
    • Clear Thinking Workbook (CT), Nitartha Institute Publications

This course is an extensive exposition of the ground of the Vaibhāṣika philosophical tradition, based on the expanded version of The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. This school is valued for their presentation of a contemplative world-view of radical impermanence, without needing to postulate either a personal identity or any principle of divine creation.

Prerequisites: Taking BUD501 and BUD510 (Mind and Its World 1 and 2) before this course is recommended.

Required texts:

    • Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds (Truptha), by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and Acharya Kelsang Wangdi, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2019
    • Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications 
    • Mind & Its World 3 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2019

This course is an extensive exposition of the Sautrāntika philosophical tradition, based on the expanded version of The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. This school is renowned for classifying all knowable objects into specifically and generally characterized phenomena, based on our experience. The path and result presentation here is generally shared with the Vaibhāṣika tradition.

Prerequisites: BUD 501, BUD 502 (BUD 510, BUD 520 are recommended)

Required texts:

    • Root text: The Gateway That Reveals The Philosophical Systems To Fresh Minds: An Exposition that Reveals the Presentation of the Philosophical Systems of our own Buddhist Faction in a Slightly Elaborate Way, by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Acharya Kelsang Wangdi. Translated by Karl Brunnhölzl and Phil Stanley, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2019 edition
    • Mind & Its World 4 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2020 edition

This course explores the criteria of a valid cognition and its various classifications, based on the teachings of the Pramāna tradition, or Buddhist epistemology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; when our mind is direct or not; what the difference is between non-mistaken, non-deceiving, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness.

Required texts:

    • Root text: Classifications of Mind (Lorik), by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Nitartha Institute Publications 
    • Mind & Its World 1 Sourcebook (MW1), Nitartha Institute Publications
    • Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications
    • Clear Thinking Workbook (CT), Nitartha Institute Publications

传承来源于佛学五大明中的因明量论学。学习内容:心的性相、心的分类之总示主要的心。确定什么是正确有效的认知(量),清晰什么是不错乱、不受欺蒙的心识,什么是离概念,和概念心识。

所需教材:

《心的科学:逻辑海典心髓》原典与释论

原典著者:堪布竹清嘉措仁波切

释论者:竹庆本乐仁波切、阿阇梨喇嘛滇巴嘉诚