The vocabulary of logic and reasoning occurs repeatedly in Buddhist meditation texts and presentations, the structure of the path to enlightenment, and discussions of philosophy. In this talk, we will discuss the history and role played by logic and reasoning in the early Buddhist sutras, the growth of Buddhist presentations of logic and reasoning in the first millennium, and the role the subject came to play in Tibet, not only in the educational system but also in philosophical presentations and in meditative practice.
About the Speaker
Paul G. Hackett received his PhD in 2008 from Columbia University, where he focused on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tantra and its influence on American culture. He also received a M.L.S. degree from College of Information Studies, University of Maryland – College Park, where he focused on natural language processing for Tibetan in support of information retrieval. He is the architect and editor of the Buddhist Canons Research Database (BCRD) and has has taught Buddhist Philosophy and Classical Tibetan at Columbia University and Yale University. His primary fields of research are textual research in the Tibetan Buddhist canon, and Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan culture, as well as the influence of the latter on contemporary alternative religion in America. He is also active in the field of computational linguistics and natural language processing of Asian languages. He is the author of A Catalogue of the Comparative Kangyur (bka’ ‘gyur dpe bsdur ma) (2013), Learning Classical Tibetan: A Reader for Translating Buddhist Texts (2019), and A Tibetan Verb Lexicon (2003, 2019).