Buddhist Texts in Sanskrit: Intensive Readings at Mahidol University (12th to 25th February 2015).
Under the auspices of the Ratnākara Grant, named after the illustrious Buddhist Ācārya Ratnākaraśānti, and generously funded by the Khyentse Foundation, the International PhD Programme in Buddhist Studies, Mahidol University (Thailand) will host a series of intensive reading classes with Prof. Harunaga Isaacson (Hamburg University).
Prof. Isaacson will focus on different genres of Sanskrit literature:
Kāvya, represented by selections from the Jātakamālā of Āryaśūra and the Avadānakalpalatā of Kṣemendra;
Tantric Commentaries, i.e. a selection from Ratnākaraśānti’s writings, with a focus on the philosophical sections expounding the Yogācāra view.
For two hours each day, Prof. Franceso Sferra (University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’) will lead reading sessions on the Abhidharma Abhidharmasamuccayakārikā of Saṃghatrāta, an unpublished Sāmmitīya work of great philosophical and historical importance.
The readings will take place on a daily basis (excluding Saturdays and Sundays), from 10.00 until 17.00, at the International PhD Programme in Buddhist Studies, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Humanities, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.
On the 20th, we will have a one-day conference entitled ‘Buddhist Studies: The Role of Sanskrit’. Participants will include Prof. Peter Skilling (EFEO, Bangkok/Paris), Prof. Harunaga Isaacson (Hamburg University), Prof. Francesco Sferra (University of Naples ‘L’Orientale), Dr Kengo Harimoto (Hamburg University), and perhaps others. Details of the conference will be advertised on this same mailing list in the near future.
During the first week of March, Dr Kengo Harimoto will offer additional reading classes on philosophical texts in Sanskrit. The details are yet to be decided and will be posted soon.
Those interested in participating in the reading classes should contact me (Mattia Salvini) at email@example.com, and I will be able to provide further details, as well as some assistance with practical matters.