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ME6206: Bodhisattva Ideal

ME6206. Special topics in Buddhist studies (1) (3 credits) (3-0-6)

The course begins with a brief review of the historical perspective of the antecedent teachings that led to the Mahāyāna’s version of the Bodhisattva ideal of the Bodhisattva’s path. This will be followed up with a discussion of the theoretical and practical aspects which covers the aspect of generating the mind of Enlightenment, the practice of pāramitas, the ten levels of the Bodhisattva ground, the five paths and thirty-seven factors of Enlightenment to the eventual attainment of Buddhahood. The theory and practice will be based primarily on texts using the Buddhist tradition of Mental Development and two other great books such as the Bodhicaryāvatāra of Śāntideva and the Madhyamakāvatāra of Candrakīrti.