Buddhist Philosophy – Reflexive Awareness

In the summer of 2019, as part of Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s Buddhist Studies Summer Course held at Gomde Austria, Professor John Dunne gave a week-long intensive course on the topic of reflexive awareness in Buddhist thought. The course focused on the thought of the Indian Buddhist philosopher Dharmakīrti. Professor Dunne examined, in his very engaging and humorous style, the nature of perception, and in particular the way in which awareness operates in both dual and non-dual modes. He discussed the philosophical developments of a number of different Buddhist schools as well. In so doing, he challenged our common assumptions regarding the way we know things, how we can ever reliably attain knowledge of even an ordinary kind, let alone knowledge about ultimate reality, how mind can validly know and experience outer objects and even itself, and what the ultimate nature of awareness might be like.