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Seminar: The Discourses of the Buddha: A philosophical exploration

2 October @ 14:00 - 17:00

|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 13 December 2019 at 15:00

One event on 29 November 2019 at 15:00

One event on 15 November 2019 at 15:00

One event on 23 October 2019 at 14:00

One event on 16 October 2019 at 14:00

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This seminar offers a philosophical exploration of one of the oldest founding collections of the Buddhist tradition: the Discourses preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pāli Canon (first century BCE). The Discourses address a wide range of theoretical and practical issues, such as: the nature of persons, human psychology, happiness and suffering, causation, theory of knowledge, phenomenology of experience, the method for investigating reality. The Discourses offer thus a unique and enjoyable point of entrance in the ancient Buddhist…

This seminar offers a philosophical exploration of one of the oldest founding collections of the Buddhist tradition: the Discourses preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pāli Canon (first century BCE). The Discourses address a wide range of theoretical and practical issues, such as: the nature of persons, human psychology, happiness and suffering, causation, theory of knowledge, phenomenology of experience, the method for investigating reality. The Discourses offer thus a unique and enjoyable point of entrance in the ancient Buddhist worldview.

In this seminar, we will focus in particular on six main topics:

  • happiness and human psychology (sukha and the five khandhas);
  • meditation as a method of investigation (samādhi and vipassanā);
  • the three characteristics of reality and ‘non-Self’ (anicchā, dukkha, anattā);
  • dependent origination (paṭiccasamuppāda);
  • the four noble truths and philosophical disputes (ariyasaccāni and diṭṭḥi);
  • emptiness (suññatā).

Each of these topics will be addressed in a devoted 3-hour meeting. Meetings will comprise a general overview of the topic, a reading-group-like session and further activities (e.g. presentations) proposed by participants. In general, we’ll focus on close reading of selected discourses (in English translation), discussion of relevant secondary literature and reflection on the philosophical implications, suggestions and insights that arise from the Discourses. Reading materials will be made available before each meeting.

 

Practicalities

 

Location: Faculty of Philosophy, Oude Boteringestraat 52, 9717 GL, Groningen.

 

Audience: all are welcome to attend, students in particular. No previous knowledge is required.

 

Credits: master students who attend most of the seminar (at least 5 meetings out of 6) and write a final essay (5000 words) can validate their participation for 5 ECTS (prior to approval by the Board of Examiners).

 

Calendar:

  • October 2, Wednesday: 14:00-17:00, room BETA
  • October 16, Wednesday: 14:00-17:00, room BETA
  • October 23, Wednesday: 14:00-17:00, room BETA

(Related event: Nov. 6 – Symposium on Buddhist Meditation)

  • November 15, Friday: 15:00-18:00, room BETA
  • November 29, Friday: 15:00-18:00, room BETA
  • December 13, Friday: 15:00-18:00, room BETA

 

Registration: please fill in the online form here.

Further information: for any questions please contact a.sangiacomo@rug.nl

Organizer

Andrea Sangiacomo
Phone:
Email:
summerschoolphilosophy@rug.nl
Website:
http://www.rug.nl/staff/a.sangiacomo/

Venue

Faculty of Philosophy RUG, Groningen, The Netherlands
Groningen, The Netherlands
Groningen, Groningen The Netherlands
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This seminar offers a philosophical exploration of one of the oldest founding collections of the Buddhist tradition: the Discourses preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pāli Canon (first century BCE). The Discourses address a wide range of theoretical and practical issues, such as: the nature of persons, human psychology, happiness and suffering, causation, theory of knowledge, phenomenology of experience, the method for investigating reality. The Discourses offer thus a unique and enjoyable point of entrance in the ancient Buddhist worldview.

In this seminar, we will focus in particular on six main topics:

  • happiness and human psychology (sukha and the five khandhas);
  • meditation as a method of investigation (samādhi and vipassanā);
  • the three characteristics of reality and ‘non-Self’ (anicchā, dukkha, anattā);
  • dependent origination (paṭiccasamuppāda);
  • the four noble truths and philosophical disputes (ariyasaccāni and diṭṭḥi);
  • emptiness (suññatā).

Each of these topics will be addressed in a devoted 3-hour meeting. Meetings will comprise a general overview of the topic, a reading-group-like session and further activities (e.g. presentations) proposed by participants. In general, we’ll focus on close reading of selected discourses (in English translation), discussion of relevant secondary literature and reflection on the philosophical implications, suggestions and insights that arise from the Discourses. Reading materials will be made available before each meeting.

 

Practicalities

 

Location: Faculty of Philosophy, Oude Boteringestraat 52, 9717 GL, Groningen.

 

Audience: all are welcome to attend, students in particular. No previous knowledge is required.

 

Credits: master students who attend most of the seminar (at least 5 meetings out of 6) and write a final essay (5000 words) can validate their participation for 5 ECTS (prior to approval by the Board of Examiners).

 

Calendar:

  • October 2, Wednesday: 14:00-17:00, room BETA
  • October 16, Wednesday: 14:00-17:00, room BETA
  • October 23, Wednesday: 14:00-17:00, room BETA

(Related event: Nov. 6 – Symposium on Buddhist Meditation)

  • November 15, Friday: 15:00-18:00, room BETA
  • November 29, Friday: 15:00-18:00, room BETA
  • December 13, Friday: 15:00-18:00, room BETA

 

Registration: please fill in the online form here.

Further information: for any questions please contact a.sangiacomo@rug.nl

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