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Buddhists and Brahmins at Vikramaśīla

Shivdasani Lecture
OCHS Library
Professor Parimal Patil
Monday, 28 May 2012 - 2:00pm

 It is so well-known that Buddhist philosophers in India argued with their non-Buddhist opponents that it is hardly worth mentioning. Yet, despite the centuries-long history of such polemics, Buddhist philosophers in India rarely explained what they hoped to gain in critically engaging their opponents through such arguments. In this lecture, I discuss why Buddhist epistemologists at Vikramaśīla thought it was important to argue with their Brahmanical opponents.