BC411 - Buddhology in Pre-Mahayana Buddhism

The study will begin with an inquiry into the origins of Buddhological speculations in the Pāli Suttas. This will be followed up with a discussion of their growth among the early Buddhist schools, particularly of the Mahāsanghika tradition. The course is expected to serve as a background to a better understanding of the position assigned to the Buddha in the Mahāyāna tradition.