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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 2021

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development, methodology and philosophical positions within a range of Buddhist philosophies.
  2. Critically analyse philosophical positions and arguments from a range of Buddhist Philosophical schools.
  3. Develop your own philosophical position, construct an argument to defend that position and to identify and address challenges to your own position.
  4. Communicate both verbally and in writing using philosophical language and academic style.




25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

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Teaching Pattern

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

Off Campus: web-based delivery (13 weeks)


Task 1: Online quizzes (15%)

Task 2: Take home exam (35%)

Task 3: Peer based assessments (15%)

Task 4: Essay, 3500 words (35%)

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