Buddhism/Philosophy of Early History Buddhist Schools

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Philosophy of Early History Buddhist Schools[edit]

This module examines comprehensively the Sthaviravada and Mahasanghika schools of Buddhism which came into existence after the second council. Their philosophical teachings are explored with special attention to the following:

  • The relationship between the philosophical trends in the Buddhist thought appearing in the Suttapitaka and the Buddhist thought of the early schools of Buddhism;
  • Different views of Dharmavada and their various revisions; analysis of mind and sense perception; analysis of matter and atomism;
  • The concept of time and the theory of momentariness;
  • Analysis and synthesis of Dharma;
  • Divisions of truths as conventional and absolute and their mutual relationship;
  • Nirvana and its sectarian interpretations.

Recommended Reading:[edit]

  • Central Conception of Buddhism - K. Stcherbatsky, Calcutta, 1956
  • Early History of the Spread of Buddhism and Buddhist School - N. Dutt, New Delhi, 1980
  • Guide Through the Abhidhamma Pitaka – Nanatiloka, Colombo, 1957
  • Indian Buddhism - A. K. Warder, Delhi, 1980
  • Points of Controversy (Kathavatthu) - Trs. S. Z. Aung and Mrs. Rhys Davids. London, 1958
  • 2500 Years of Buddhism - Ed. P. V. Bapat, Delhi, 1956
  • System of Buddhist Thought - Yamakami Sogen, Calcutta, 1912