Buddhist Philosophy in Depth, Part 3

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In this groundbreaking course, immerse yourself in the treasury of Buddhist wisdom with Professor Jay Garfield, a rare opportunity with one of the world’s leading experts on Buddhist philosophy to gain a comprehensive understanding of all Buddhist traditions. 

The course progresses historically from Part 1 to Part 2 and Part 3, but all courses are open for enrollment without having to take a prior course. Take advantage of our special offer to enroll in the entire Buddhist Philosophy in Depth series, Parts 1-3, a $599 value for $399! Click here to enroll in all three courses.

What You’ll Learn

  • How the synthesis of Madhyamaka and Yogācāra philosophy helped form the early Chinese schools, and Chan, as well as the significance of the kōan tradition in Chan
  • How Buddhism was transmitted to Japan, and influenced by the famed Zen Master Eihei Dōgen
  • How the traditions of sutra and tantra were transmitted to Tibet, and gave rise to the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, carrying on the Nalanda tradition of Indian Buddhist philosophy
  • The distinctive features of the Buddhadharma’s transmission to the West

About this Course

The rich philosophical fabric of Buddhist thought has evolved over two millennia, within a variety of cultures, epochs, and geographies. Professor Jay Garfield takes us on an exciting in-depth journey throughout these Buddhist worlds, their texts, and the essential thinkers that have shaped Buddhist philosophy from the time of the historical Buddha.

In this third-installment of a three-part course series on the history of Buddhist philosophy we discover how the profound legacy of Indian Buddhist philosophy helped shape the Buddhist world, and follow the transmission of the Buddhadharma to China, Japan, and ultimately the West. Jay Garfield guides us through an array of influential texts across traditions, including the Avamtamsaka, or Flower Garland Sutra, the Genjōkōan by Eihei Dōgen, the lamrim synthesis of Tsongkhapa, and Tibet’s Rime tradition as evidenced in Patrul Rinpoche’s The Words of My Perfect Teacher and The Essential Jewel of Holy Practice.


 

About the Teacher

Jay Garfield
Jay Garfield is Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Logic Program and of the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program at Smith College; Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School; Professor in the graduate faculty of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts; Professor of Philosophy at Melbourne University; and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies. He teaches and pursues research in the philosophy of mind, foundations of cognitive science, logic, philosophy of language, Buddhist philosophy, cross-cultural hermeneutics, theoretical and applied ethics, and epistemology. He is the author, editor, and translator of several books on these subjects, most recently The Essential Jewel of Holy Practice, a co-translation of verses written by Patrul Rinpoche (Wisdom 2017). Photo Credit: Jim Gipe