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The Sound of Two Hands ClappingThe Education of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk$
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Georges B.J. Dreyfus

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520232594

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520232594.001.0001

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Debate in the Curriculum

Debate in the Curriculum

(p.229) 11 Debate in the Curriculum
The Sound of Two Hands Clapping

Georges B. J. Dreyfus

University of California Press

The Collected Topics explain the basic logical procedure and the main philosophical notions as preparation to the use of debate in the study of the five great texts of the Ge-luk curriculum. This chapter shows how debate provides the central scholastic methodology in the Ge-luk tradition, examining its relation to pedagogy, logic, epistemology and Madhyamaka. In discussing the final point in this training, the Geshe examination, the author again draws on his own experience. Ge-luk students first encounter the great Indian texts that support Tibetan monastic intellectual life in their study of the Ornament, which initiates them into the art of reading commentaries. At the same time, students also start to use the debate system they have learned previously while studying the Collected Topics. One of the striking features of debate is its emphasis on analysis and critical thinking.

Keywords:   Collected Topics, debate, curriculum, Ge-luk, pedagogy, logic, epistemology, Madhyamaka, Geshe examination, Ornament

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