Prajñākaragupta on yogic perception: Direct insight from abstract truth

  • Time: 2018-07-02 Mon – 2018-07-03 Tue
  • Venue: Room 2.25, 2nd floor, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia
  • Organisation: Patrick McAllister

This workshop aims to explore ancient Indian Buddhist theories about yogic perception and omniscience, two closely related topics that concern central aspects of Buddhist epistemological and soteriological theories.

The workshop will primarily proceed through a close reading of the section of Prajñākaragupta’s main work, the Pramāṇavārttikālaṅkāra(-bhāṣya), in which he comments on Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika, perception chapter, vv. 281-286. A critical edition of this section of the text will be supplied to registered participants. These reading sessions will be augmented by two public talks, one on each of the two afternoons.

Schedule


 2018-07-02 Mon

  • [9:00–9:30] Welcome and introduction to topic by McAllister
  • [9:30–10:30] Reading session PVA
  • [10:30–11:00] Coffee break
  • [11:00–12:30] Reading session PVA
  • [12:30–14:00] Lunch break
  • [14:00–15:30] Reading session PVA
  • [15:30–16:00] Coffee break
  • [16:00–17:30] Talk by Shinya Moriyama: “Hallucination, yogic perception, and omniscience: A summary of Prajñākaragupta’s commentary on Pramāṇavārttika III 281-286”
  • [18:30–20:30] Workshop dinner

 2018-07-03 Tue

  • [9:00–10:30] Reading session PVA
  • [10:30–11:00] Coffee break
  • [11:00–12:30] Reading session PVA
  • [12:30–14:00] Lunch break
  • [14:00–15:30] Reading session PVA
  • [15:30–16:00] Coffee break
  • [16:00–17:00] Talk by Kengo Harimoto: “A Stage in the Development of Arguments for the Buddha's Omniscience? Three unidentified folios in Xc14/1d, photographed by Rahula Sankrityayana, preserved in the Library of the University of Göttingen.”
  • [17:00–17:30] Final discussion

Registration


Please register your participation by 25 June 2018 with an email to Patrick McAllister.

Participants