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Challengers and defenders

Challengers and defenders

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.

  • The importance of agreed upon guidelines and structure for Buddhist debate
  • Traditional Tibetan Buddhist debate behavior and its purpose
  • Why most learning comes from debate and how testing occurs in monastic education
  • The basic framework of Buddhist debate and knowing when the debate is over
  • The five quintessential topics and curriculum of the Geshe degree program

72 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Challengers and Defenders (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.