Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The three purposes of debate

The three purposes of 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.

  • Review of syllogisms through examples
  • Explanation of the last two purposes of Buddhist debate
  • Three reasons why various philosophical views are useful to study
  • Understanding the format of debate texts through the three purposes
  • Contrasting the meaning of ‘definition’ in Buddhist debate and conventional language

75 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: The Three Purposes of 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.