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Mind & Its World IV: Sautrantika Philosophical Tradition

BUD 530 Mind and Its World IV: Sautrāntika Philosophical Tradition – 2 credits

Instructor: Jirka Hladiš

Attendance: Online

Meeting Times:
Monday Evenings, March 5 – May 14, 2018 (7:00-9:00pm MT)

Course Description: This course is an extensive exposition of the Sautrāntika philosophical tradition, based on the expanded revised fourth edition 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 Vaibhashika tradition.

Prerequisites: BUD 501 Mind and Its World I: Valid Cognition, BUD502 Clear Thinking. (Recommended: BUD510 Mind and Its World II: Modes of Engagement and Mental Events, and BUD 520 Mind and Its World III: Vaibhashika Philosophical Tradition)



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, and Acharya Kelsang Wangdi. Translated by Karl Brunnhölzl and Phil Stanley, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2016, 5th rev. ed.

  • Mind & Its World 4 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications

Class Topics:

Sautrāntika System:

  • Ground
    • Objects, Two Realities, Specifically & Generally Characterized Phenomena
    • Manifest and Hidden Phenomena, 3 Times, Aggregates of Form and Formations
  • Path
    • Calm Abiding and Special Insight
    • 4 Truths of the Noble Ones
    • 37 Practices of Enlightenment
  • Result
    • 8 Approachers and Abiders
  • Comparison of the of Vaibhāṣhikas and Sautrāntikas
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