BUD 502 Clear Thinking

Foundation Curriculum

Course Credits: 1 credit
Course Code: BUD 502

Course Description: 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.

Prerequisite: Students should first take BUD 501 Mind & Its World 1 and BUD 502 Clear Thinking. These classes are always taught together as a pair during inclass programs, and it is recommended that online students take them concurrently as well, since Mind & Its World 1 uses the methods of analysis and concepts taught in Clear Thinking. After that, we recommend that students take the three remaining courses in sequential order, but they may take them in any order if that is better for their schedules, especially if they are mixing inclass and online courses. The Mind & Its World 2-4 courses also use the methods and concepts of Clear Thinking, thus it is important to complete Clear Thinking before taking Mind & Its World 2-4 if one took Mind & Its World 1 without Clear Thinking.

Class Topics
  • Definition, equivalents and classification of object
  • Definition, equivalents and classification of thing and non-thing
  • Presentation of matter, consciousness and non-associated formations
  • Four relationships between two phenomena
  • Completion of a debate
Required Texts
  • Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications
  • Clear Thinking Workbook, Nitartha Institute Publications

We recommend that you take the Foundation Curriculum in sequence. It is particularly important to begin with Mind and Its World I and its companion course Clear Thinking before proceeding through the rest of the Foundation Curriculum.