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The defender’s answers

The defender’s answers

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 the difference between a syllogism and a consequence as argument forms
  • How consequences help in refuting wrong views
  • Debate as an effective study technique
  • The six protocols in a Buddhist debate
  • Two sets of the defender’s possible answers to the challenger’s arguments

84 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: The Defender’s answers (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.