An investigation into the teaching of the “non-duality of consciousness”
A Jain refutation of Yogācāra philosophy

  • Time: Thursday 8 and Friday 9, November 2018
  • Venue:Thursday 2nd floor, room 2.25, Friday 1st floor, room 1.47B, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia
  • Organisation: Patrick McAllister


The workshop “An investigation into the teaching of the ‘non-duality of consciousness’” examines the Satyaśāsanaparīkṣā, a Sanskrit text written by the 10th century Digambara Jain philosopher Vidyānandin which is currently being translated by Jens Wilhelm Borgland.

The focus of the workshop will be on the different opinions of Jain and Buddhist philosophers concerning the question whether consciousness and its object constitute a duality or not. This question was a prominent one throughout the history of classical Indian philosophy. As such it also became a complex one, since many of its arguments depend on the basic ontological or epistemological positions of the disputants. The workshop aims to shed light on the philosophical background of the arguments that Vidyānandin presents in his treatise.

Jens Wilhelm Borgland is a senior lecturer in History of Religions and Social Sciences of Religion at Uppsala University’s Department of Theology,.


 Thursday, November 8: The Buddhist position

  • 9:30–10:00: Welcome, Introduction to topic
  • 10:00–11:00 Reading the Buddhist objection (1)
  • 11:15–12:45: Reading the Buddhist objection (2)
  • 14:00–15:30: Reading the Buddhist objection (3)
  • 15:45–17:15: Reading of materials related to Buddhist position
  • 18:30–21:00: Workshop dinner

 Friday, November 9: The Jain position

  • 9:30–11:00: Reading the Jain answer (1)
  • 11:15–12:45: Reading the Jain answer (2)
  • 14:00–15:30: Reading the Jain answer (3)
  • 15:45–17:15: Final discussion


Please register per email to patrick.mcallister(at) before November 5, 2018. The texts to be read will be distributed upon request.