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Introduces students to the principal traditions of Buddhist philosophy. The unit begins with an examination of the discourses of the Buddha in the Pali tradition and an examination of the common core of all Buddhist philosophical schools. It then studies the Mahayana tradition, with attention both to Buddhist analyses of the nature of phenomena and to Buddhist moral theory.

Summary 2020

Unit name Buddhist Philosophy
Unit code HPA319
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr. Sonam Thakchoe

Teaching staff

Dr. S Thakchoe

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes




25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HPA265, HPA365, HMA240, HMA340


Teaching Pattern

On-campus: 2 hrs lectures weekly, 1-hr tutorial fortnightly (13 weeks)

Off-campus: web-based delivery (13 weeks)


On campus:

Tutorial participation (15%); weekly MyLO quizzes (15%); 2000-word essay (35%), 2000-word take-home exam (35%)

Off campus:

MyLO discussion participation (15%); weekly MyLO quizzes (15%); 2000-word essay (35%), 2000-word take-home exam (35%)

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