[INDOLOGY] Three Day Buddhist Pramāṇa Workshop

Mrinal Kaul mrinalkaul81 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 00:55:07 UTC 2019

*Three Day Buddhist Pramāṇa Workshop*

*10-12 February 2019*

*Organized by*

Centre for Religious Studies

Manipal Centre for Humanities

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India


Centre for Religious Studies invites applications for a three-day *Buddhist
Pramāṇa Workshop* from *February 10-12, 2019* in Manipal.

*About the Workshop*

The workshop will principally include a close textual reading of selections
from various texts of the Buddhist Pramāṇa Tradition each followed by
various contributions and discussions. We will read the extracts from the
following texts:

   - • *Nyāyabindu* with the *Ṭīkā* of Dharmottara: first chapter (
   *Pratyakṣa-pariccheda*) (led by Prof Pradeep Gokhale)

   - *• Vātsīputrīyātmaparīkṣā* (= *Tattvasaṃgraha* verses 336-349, and the
   relative *Tattvasaṃgrahapañjikā*) (led by Prof Francesco Sferra)

   - *• Pramāṇāntarabhāvaparīkṣā* (= *Tattvasaṃgraha* verses 1486-1524, and
   the relative *Tattvasaṃgrahapañjikā*) (led by Prof Francesco Sferra)

The aim is to examine how the Buddhist Pramāṇa Tradition systematically
develops its logical-epistemological tools. The workshop expects to delve
into extensive philosophical discussions while at the same time working
closely with the textual sources adopting philological methods. This is
possible by focusing on small portions of texts mentioned above and
attempting to situate the philosophical problems in larger discussions
taking help from the experts. The workshop will begin by asking how
Nāgārjuna’s (c. 150-250 CE) dialectics in his works like the
*Mūlamadhyamakakārikā* and the *Vigrahavyāvartanī* become a source of many
logical arguments or how Dharmakīrti (*fl*. c. 6th or 7th CE) in his works
such as the *Nyāyabindu*, the *Pramāṇaviniścaya* and the
*Pramāṇavārtika* elaborates
and clarifies Diṅnāga’s (c. 480-540 CE) Theory of Knowledge. Thereafter,
the problem at focus will be how Śāntarakṣita (c. 725–788 CE) in his
*Tattvasaṃgraha* and Kamalaśīla (c. 740-795 CE) in his commentary on the
same text titled the *Tattvasaṃgrahapañjikā* deal with the concepts of Self
and Verbal Testimony.

*Deadline for Application:*  *Thursday 31 January, 2019*


   - • Prof Pradeep Gokhale

            Former Professor of Philosophy, Savitribai Phule Pune
University, Pune

   - • Prof Francesco Sferra

            Chair of Sanskrit, Università degli Studi di Napoli
"L'Orientale", Naples, Italy

There will be plenty of opportunities for interaction and participation.
The morning and afternoon sessions will include the readings of the text in
Sanskrit followed by special lectures in the afternoon. The seminar will be
held in English and readings will be circulated in advance.

*Application and Selection Criteria*

Applicants interested in participating the workshop should apply by writing
to Dr Mrinal Kaul <mrinalkaul81 at gmail.com> along with a short note about
themselves and justifying their interest in the workshop. Basic familiarity
with Sanskrit language and the reading ability in Devanāgarī script is
required. We seek interested research students and scholars from across
India. The selection will be made based on the strength of the application.
We cannot accept more than 25 participants and the priority will be given
to the applications from research scholars in disciplines or with
experience in Sanskrit, Philosophy, Indology, Religion and Literature.
Applicants will be informed about the decision of selection immediately
after the deadline of application.

*Location and Accommodation*

The event will be hosted by Manipal Academy of Higher Education and its
Centre for Religious Studies in the picturesque ocean-side state of
Karnataka in south-western India. There is no registration fee for the
event, but prior registration is mandatory. If accommodation is required,
please mention it clearly in your application. There will be some rooms
reserved in the international students hostel and participants will be
expected to pay for themselves. University charges subsidised rates for
accommodation. The space is wheelchair accessible. No travel cost will be


Dr Mrinal Kaul

(Convenor-Buddhist Pramāṇa Workshop)


Centre for Religious Studies

Manipal Centre for Humanities

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

email: <mrinalkaul81 at gmail.com>

Tel +91-820-29-23567 (Office)

*For more information, please contact:*

Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities

Dr TMA Pai Planetarium Complex, Alevoor Road

Manipal – 576104

Tel +91-820-2923561

office.mcph at manipal.edu

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