BP205 - Mahāyāna Buddhism: Basic Doctrines

The study will be mainly based on Mahāyāna literature (Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan) and is designed to provide an insight into the basic doctrines of main Mahāyāna schools. Attention will be focused on the following topics: Prajñā, prajñāpāramitā and dharmatā in the Prajñāpāramitā literature; the notion of Śūnyatā, tetra-lemma and the theory of two truths (samvrti and paramārtha) in Madhyamaka school; the Three Aspects (trisvabhāva), the theory of Representation Only (vijñapti-mātra), the notion of ālayavijñāna and the Path theory in the Yogācāra school; The tathāgatagarbha (the Buddha nature) theory; The critical Classification of Buddhism in Tien-tai School and Hua-yen School (Avatamsaka); Chan Buddhism from Buddhadharma to Hui-neng, and the Kung-an (Koan) in Chan practice; the theory and practice of Pure Land Buddhism.