Introduction to the text with an explanation of why we would want to study debate.
Series: The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate (Thursday Teachings)
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How mindfulness of death and impermanence provides motivation to practice the Dharma, and why we need reasoning and logic as part of our spiritual practice.
Venerable Thubten Tarpa elaborates on the brief debate from the previous teaching, providing insight into the form of syllogisms and how they lead to wisdom.
Teaching Chapter Three, focusing on the three higher trainings of ethical conduct, meditative stabilization and wisdom.
Finishing Chapter Three, with advice for how to incorporate the Buddha’s teachings into our lives skillfully, without contradiction.
Beginning chapter four by teaching on how to use logic and reasoning to understand how categories of phenomena relate to each other.
Continuing Chapter Four by engaging the audience in identifying the ‘four possibilities’ when comparing different phenomena
Reviewing the debate on the four possibilities and the four possibilities without anything that is neither in debate
Geshe Dadul Namgyal explains how syllogisms are used in Buddhist logic and debate, and answers general questions on Buddhist philosophy.
Venerable Tenzin Tsepal gives a brief overview of Buddhist ontology and walks the class through completion of Exercise 4.4