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142016 SE The function of expressions of homage and statement of purpose in Buddhist treatises (2022S)

according to early Tibetan commentators

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


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max. 36 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



Di, 15:30-17:00, SR 3, ab 1.3.


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In this seminar, we will read and analyze selected passages from the introductory section of 11th- and 12th-century Tibetan commentaries on Indian works in various domains (Madhyamaka, epistemology, Perfection of Wisdom, monastic discipline). We will compare the structure and contents of these sections, in which authors typically explain and expand on the opening statement of the treatise being commented. Participants will gain knowledge of the early scholastic landscape and of Buddhist hermeneutic practices. The seminar will enable students who already have good knowledge of classical Tibetan to develop familiarity with the language and style of Tibetan scholastic treatises and skills in working with manuscripts in cursive script.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Participants are expected to weekly prepare text passages that will be read together and explained in class. They will make an oral presentation on a topic related to the theme of the seminar. For the final paper, they will independently carry out the translation and analysis for a chosen excerpt.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Active participation in class 30%.
Presentation 20%.
Final paper 50%.


The passages read and presented in class. Recommended secondary sources.


Primary sources
bKaʼ gdams gsung ʼbum phyogs sgrig thengs dang po/gnyis pa/gsum pa/bzhi pa. Ed. dPal brtsegs bod yig dpe rnying zhib ʼjug khang. Chengdu: Si khron mi rigs dpe skrun khang,Vols. 1–30: 2006; vols. 31–60: 2007; vol. 61–90: 2009; vol. 91–120:2015.
BUDA – The Buddhist Digital Archives: https://library.bdrc.io/

Secondary literature
Broido, Michael M. “A Note on dgos-’brel.” Journal of the Tibet Society 3 (1983), 5–19.
Funayama, Toru. “Arcaṭa, Śāntarakṣita, Jinendrabuddhi, and Kamalaśīla on the Aim of a Treatise (prayojana).” Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 39 (1995), 181–201.
Slaje, Walter (ed.). Śāstrārambha: Inquiries into the Preamble in Sanskrit. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2008.
Verhagen, Pieter C. “Studies in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Hermeneutics (4): The Vyākhyāyukti by Vasubandhu.” Journal Asiatique 293.2 (2005), 559–602.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Di 08.03.2022 14:28