Paths to Liberation in South Asian Buddhist Traditions

An international symposium at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia

Programme Mārga Symposium(PDF)


Liberation and the path to attain it, or mārga, are crucial subjects in much of the early South Asian doctrinal discourse. They are often interwoven with philosophical views, which also find their justification in explaining how specific methods of practice and patterns of religious behaviour are related to transformative powers and specific religious goals. In recent years, various specialists of Buddhist studies have broadened the horizons of our understanding of the paths to liberation in Buddhist traditions from South Asia. They have revealed dynamics between insight, meditative practices, and ethical commitment, and have reflected on how interpretations of the path and its goal influenced the formation of Buddhist identities. They have examined the relationship between visions of the path and central Buddhist concepts such as dependent origination, and have explored the interaction between soteriological and philosophical discourses. This symposium will bring together international scholars from various fields of Buddhist studies to share their findings and reflections on Buddhist theories of the mārga in South Asia.

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The symposium is free and open to the public; however, those who wish to attend are requested to register writing an email to: office.ikga@oeaw.ac.at, subject: marga free-registration.

This event is generously supported by the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA), Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).