Ven. Thubten Chodron’s next Livestream teaching will unpack Daniel Perdue’s lucid text, The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: An Asian Approach to Analytical Thinking Drawn from Indian and Tibetan Sources. The Thursday night course will likely to begin in May or June and continue weekly at 6:00 pm Pacific Time. The course will teach the reasonings and methods of philosophical debate as practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist monastic tradition.
For two years, Ven. Chodron’s weekly, Thursday-night Livestream teaching has elucidated Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King. To date there are 97 teachings in the series, with just a few more verses left to cover. The new course will begin when Precious Garland is complete.
According to Shambhala Publications, Perdue’s Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate teaches the basic analytical skills and procedures used in Buddhist debate. It’s based on his own practice and experiences gained in the debating courtyards of Tibetan monasteries in India and matured through years of leading popular university courses on the subject.
Thupten Jinpa, principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama, praises the text. “Daniel Perdue’s book presents in a lucid and engaging manner the methods and practice of the remarkable debate system of Tibetan monastic education. For the first time, the contemporary English reader has the chance to experience the clarity, swiftness, and precision of thinking that the Tibetan debate training is so famous for.”
Ven. Chodron’s Thursday night teachings on Precious Garland are based on a commentary given by one of her teachers, Geshe Jampa Tegchok. She edited these teachings into a newly released book, Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness, published by Wisdom. It is the first extensive English-language commentary on this important Indian classic. Archived teachings are on ThubtenChodron.org.
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