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142144 SE The four Nobles’ Truths in Indian Buddhist epistemology (2022S)

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max. 36 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



Mo, 15:00-17:00, SR 3, geblockt von 4.4.-13.6.


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The Nobles’ four Truths, namely the nature of suffering, its cause, its cessation, and the path to its cessation, are one of the central teachings of the Buddhist doctrine. Dharmakīrti (6th-7th? century), one of the most influential philosophers of South Asia, discussed the four Truths in the Pramāṇavārttika. In this course we will read and analyse selected portions of this discussion together with relevant excerpts from commentaries in Sanskrit and in Tibetan translation.
Providing examples of religious-philosophical discussions, the course aims to develop skills in analysing and translating Indian philosophical texts. Furthermore, it aims to expand the ability to apply the historical-philological method to Buddhist philosophical works.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The texts to be prepared and revised from week to week and a short written text'sanalysis. A final written paper that will be also presented as an informal talk.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Active participation in class 30% and homework 50%. A final written and oral examination 20%.


The texts read in class.


Course material will be provided during the classes.
Some readings:
● Franco, Eli, 2015, “Summary of the Pramāṇasiddhi-chapter of the Pramāṇavārttika”. In: K. H. Potter (ed.), with an Introduction by Eli Franco and Karen Lang, Buddhist Philosophy from 600 to 750 A.D. (Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies 21). Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, pp. 297-354.
● Kellner, Birgit, 2010, “Towards a critical edition of Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika”, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 52-53: 161-211.
● Kellner, Birgit, & Sferra, Francesco, 2008, “A Palm-Leaf Manuscript of Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika from the Collection Kept by the Nepalese Rājaguru Hemarāja Śarman”. In: F. Sferra (ed.), Sanskrit Texts from Giuseppe Tucci's Collection. Part I. Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, Roma, pp. 423–483.
● Norman, K. R., “The Four Noble Truths: A Problem of Pāli Syntax”. In: Indological and Buddhist Studies, Volume in Honour of Professor J. W. de Jong on his 60th Birthday. Sri Satguru, Delhi 1982, pp. 377−391.
● Norman, K. R., “Why are the Four Truths called ‘Noble’?”. In: Collected Papers IV, 2008, pp. 171-175.
● Pecchia, Cristina, 2015, Dharmakīrti on the Cessation of Suffering. A Critical Edition with Translation and Comments of Manorathanandinʼs Vṛtti and Vibhūticandraʼs Glosses on Pramāṇavārttika II.190-216. With the assistance of Philip Pierce. Brill, Leiden.
● Tillemans, Tom J.F., 2017, “Dharmakīrti”. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2017 Edition), E. N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2017/entries/-dharmakiirti/>.
● Vetter, Tilmann, 1990, Der Buddha und seine Lehre in Dharmakīrti's Pramāṇavārttika. ATBS, Wien (1st ed. 1984).

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Do 03.03.2022 15:28