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Epistemological requirements

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.

  • Review of similar and dissimilar classes
  • Two types of pervasions and the components of a syllogism
  • Epistemological requirements for Buddhist syllogisms
  • Sound arguments are only valid for certain people
  • Everyday examples of syllogisms and what makes them correct or incorrect

25 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Epistemological Requirements (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.