ME6205 - A Survey of the Doctrines of Abhidharma Schools

1st Semester, Academic Year 2012/2013 (July 09- November 10, 2012)

Prof. Dr. Charles Willemen

The period of Abhidharma Buddhism is of great importance for a proper perspective of the development of Indian Buddhism in general. It was essentially in this period that Buddhist ‘philosophy’ first evolved. Traditionally, there were said to be eighteen Abhidharma schools, sometimes also referred to as the Hīnayāna schools. This course will begin with an outline of the historical evolution of these schools, highlighting the doctrinal controversies that led to the schism at different schools.