Buddhists and Brahmins at Vikramaśīla

Location: OCHS Library
Speaker: Professor Parimal Patil
Date: May 28, 2012
Time: 14:00 to 15:00

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.