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BP201 - Early Buddhism: Basic Doctrines

BP201 - Early Buddhism: Basic Doctrines 3(3-0-6)
The purpose of the course is to identify and interpret the original doctrines of what is generally known as Early Buddhism. Therefore the course will be mainly based on the Buddhist discourses of the Pāli Canon. Topics of study will include Four Noble Truths, Three Signs of Existence, Dependent Origination, Analysis of the empiric individuality, theory and practice of moral life, and Nibbāna as the final goal of religious life.

The following topics will be discussed:
01: Anatta (the theory of no-self)
02: Ti-Lakkhana
03: Paticcasamuppāda (Dependent Co-arising) – Buddhist theory of Causality
04: Four Noble Truth
05: Nibbana
06: Kamma – the Moral Causation
07: Critical Attitude to Mind
08: Buddhist Epistemology
09: Ethics-theory and practice of the Buddhist moral life
10: Upanishadic Philosophy and Early Buddhist Thought