Jñānaśrīmitra’s Sākārasiddhiśāstra, with Prof. Harunaga Isaacson

          We have the pleasure to announce that Prof. Harunaga Isaacson (Hamburg University) will conduct the 3rd instalment of the Ratnākara Readings at Mahidol University, during March 2017.                                                                                                                    

          This year we will continue with the Sākārasiddhiśāstra of Jñānaśrīmitra, reading Chapter 2. This little studied text is an extraordinary philosophical compendium, offering a pramāṇa-infused exegesis of a number of important Buddhist sources (including the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, the Pramāṇavārttika, the Madhyāntavibhaṅga, and the Ratnagotravibhāga), in the light of the position of Sākāravijñānavāda.

          On March the 2nd the Ratnākara Readings will be inaugurated with a public lecture by Prof. Shoryu Katsura (Ryukoku University), who will offer a synopsis of Ratnākaraśānti’s Prajñāpāramitopadeśa. This text, a complex overview of Prajñāpāramitā philosophy and practice, forms the primary adversary in the initial section of Sākārasiddhiśāstra, Chapter II, and in much of Jñānaśrīmitra’s philosophy.


          March 2017, from 13.00 to 16.00 on the following days:

                    2nd, 3rd; 6th, 7th, 8th; 13th, 14th, 15th: 20th, 21st, 22nd; 23rd; 27th, 28th.


          International PhD Programme in Buddhist Studies, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand (Room yet to be decided).


          If you are interested in participating, or if you have any further queries, kindly contact Mattia Salvini (prasajya@gmail.com).