BP401 - Controversial Doctrines of the Abhidharma Tradition

An inquiry into the specific Mahāyāna doctrines which were developed within the Abhidharma tradition but remained controversial among early Schools of Buddhism. The course will focus on the karma-theories of avijñapti, avipranāśa and bīja, prajñapti-paramātha dichotomy, theories of antarābhava, spiritual status of the Arahant, the lokottaravāda tradition of Buddhology, and the Sautrāntika critique of the Abhidharma categories.