Why study debate?

Why study debate?

Part of an ongoing series of teachings based on Daniel Perdue’s book, The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Logic: An Asian Approach to Analytical Thinking Drawn from Indian and Tibetan Sources.

  • Three types of phenomena and the progression towards a realization
  • The reasons why we would want to study debate and the benefits of doing so
  • Thinking about death and impermanence to motivate our practice
  • While not able to control our external situation, we can control how we respond

01 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Why study debate? (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.