Programs in Madhyamaka Studies

August 3-9, 2012

Madhyamaka Studies 
Seminar and Symposium

Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages in Berkeley will host two related programs in the field of Madhyamaka studies, August 3-9, 2012. Consistent with MRC’s mission, the programs will focus on issues of language, philology, and translation. MRC invites academics and advanced graduate students with an interest in Madhyamaka to apply to participate in these two programs.

The two programs will be led by Drs. Anne MacDonald and Luis Gómez. Invited participants include Drs. Bill Ames, Dan Arnold, Karen Lang, Akira Saito, and Kevin Vose. Also participating will be Dr. Michael Hahn, one of MRC’s two academic directors, and Dr. Siglinde Dietz, Visiting Scholar in Residence, as well as the MRC postdoctoral fellows.

I. Seminar on the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (August 3-6)

The first program is a seminar on selected portions of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā. The anticipated focus (subject to change) is the first 5-7 verses of MMK ch. 4 (refutation of cause and effect); MMK ch. 5, with consideration of its commentary in the Prasannapadā, and selected verses from chapters 15, 24, and 25, with reference to the Prasannapadā where helpful. The seminar can be attended independent of the second program.

Seminar Resource Materials
Will be made available to registered participants via this page as they become available

II. Madhyamaka Symposium (August 7-9)

The second program is a symposium on translation and terminology choices for key Madhyamaka terms in light of the discussion during the preceding seminar. The second program is open only to individuals who have completed the first.

Application Information:

The program is intended for advanced graduate students and scholars, but applications from all qualified candidates will be considered. Please submit an application by July 10, 2012 to <>. Include a short statement of purpose, a description of language skills and how acquired, a 1–2 paragraph letter of endorsement from your principal adviser where appropriate, and a clear statement of which program or programs you are applying for.

Tuition for the 4-day Mūlamadhyamakakārikā seminar is $300. Tuition for the 3-day Madhyamaka symposium is $200.  A vegetarian lunch will be served to all participants daily. Lodging at a convenient nearby location, together with breakfast, is available at a charge of $60 per diem.

Registered participants can download class readings and other resources at the link below.
You will first need to login. Then return to this page and click on Madhyamaka Symposium Materials.

View final  Madhyamaka Schedule.

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