Two UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO / McMASTER UNIVERSITY YEHAN NUMATA PROGRAMME IN BUDDHIST STUDIES Events:
MATTHEW KAPSTEIN (University of Chicago / Université La Sorbonne)
Buddhist Idealists and Their Jain Critics: On Our Knowledge of External Objects?
THURSDAY, January 24, 2012, 3-5 pm, UofT, JHB 317
Thinkers of the Yogacara school of Buddhism, in particular Vasubandhu, Dignaga, and their successors, have been widely regarded as having advocated a type of idealism according to which the external, material world is at least unknowable, or, on some interpretations, non-existent. Whatever their precise intentions may have been, it is clear that for most later Indian philosophical traditions, the question of the existence of an extra-mental world was considered to have been most trenchantly posed by the proponents of Yog?cara. Among the many responses their arguments provoked, those of Jain authors merit particular attention and will be the topic of this presentation.
“Spiritual Exercise” and Buddhist Epistemologists in India and Tibet
FRIDAY, January 25, 2013, 4-6 pm, McMaster University, University Hall 122
Matthew Kapstein is one of the leading scholars in the fields of Buddhist philosophy in India and Tibet and of Tibetan cultural history. Among his major contributions are the books The Tibetans (2009), The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism (2000) and Reason?s Traces. Identity and Interpretation in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Thought (2001). Professor Kapstein is Numata Visiting Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and the History of Religions in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, as well as Director of Tibetan Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris.
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