Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies

The Department of Pali and Buddhist studies offers study programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, General and Special degrees in Buddhist Culture, Buddhist Philosophy and Pali. It is the mission of the Department to develop internal disciplines of learners by bringing out cultural and ethical values found in Buddhism, giving a philosophical and intellectual understanding of humans, society, environment and the universe.

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Launching of the Gnanagawesi

The launching ceremony of the Reverend Professor Wilegoda Ariyadewa commemoration volume, Gnanagawesi, was held on January 10, 2017 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Auditorium. This event was organized by the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies and the chief guest was the Vice Chancellor.

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Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies
University of Ruhuna
Matara
Sri Lanka

Tel : +94 412222681/82 Ext: 3601
Fax : +94 412227010
Email : pali@hss.ruh.ac.lk

Head's Message

At the outset, the Unit of Pali and Buddhist Culture was started under the Department of Sinhala. In 1992, it was established as a separate Department and it has a history of almost three decades. Ever since, we have disseminated knowledge pertaining to Buddhism and Pali language. Our Department offers three independent subjects: Pali, Buddhist Culture, and Buddhist Philosophy for General and Special degree programmes with the help of a well-qualified staff. The department annually organizes field trips related to ancient Buddhist Archaeological monuments in Sri Lanka and also publishes an annual journal titled, ‘Gnanagavesi’.

Today, there is a tendency towards studying early Buddhism both in the Eastern and the Western countries. Therefore, it is worthwhile to study these subjects in order to do a commendable service to mankind. Our subjects determinedly pave the way for creating good citizens with sound and ethical qualities.

Course Units

Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
BCU 11513 The Origins of Buddhism(Background of Objective) BCU 11513 The Origins of Buddhism (Background of Objective)
1000 Level
2nd Semester
BCU 12513 Concepts of Buddhist Culture BCU 12513 Concepts of Buddhist Culture
2000 Level
1st Semester
BCU 21613 Early Buddhism BCU 21513 Early Buddhism
BCU 21623 Buddhist Social Philosophy BCU 21523 Buddhist Social Philosophy
BCU 21633 Study of Buddhist Primary Sources (Pali)
BCU 21643 Study of Buddhist Primary Sources (Sanskrit)
2000 Level
2nd Semester
BCU 22613 Buddhist Institutions BCU 22513 Buddhist Institutions
BCU 22623 History of Buddhism in India I (up to the Asoka era)
BCU 22633 Evolution of Buddhist Schools
BCU 22643 Buddhism and Modern Social Problems
BCU 22653 Buddhist Economic and Political Philosophy
3000 Level
1st Semester
BCU 31613 Expansion of Buddhist Culture I (South and South East Asia) BCU 31513 Expansion of Buddhist Culture I (South and South East Asia)
BCU 31623 Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture I (Ancient Period – End of 15th Century) BCU 31523 Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture I (Ancient Period – End of 15th Century)
BCU 31633 Buddhist Art and Antiquities I(India and near Kingdoms)
BCU 31643 Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture II (Modern Period)
3000 Level
2nd Semester
BCU 32613 Buddhist Art and Antiquities II(Sri Lanka) BCU 32513 Buddhist Art and Antiquities (Sri Lanka)
BCU 32623 Mahayana Buddhism
BCU 32633 History of Buddhism in India II(Post-Ashokan Era)
BCU 32643 Buddhist Festivals and Rites
BCU 32653 Buddhist Aesthetic Philosophy
4000 Level
1st Semester
BCU 41613 Buddhist Management
BCU 41623 Buddhism and World Religions
BCU 41633 Contemporary World Buddhist Culture
BCU 41643 Independent Dissertation
4000 Level
2nd Semester
BCU 42613 Expansion of Buddhist Culture II (North and North East Asia)
BCU 42623 Buddhist Philosophy of Health Science
BCU 42633 Buddhist Jurisprudence
BCU 42643 Independent Dissertation
BCU 42653 Buddhist Environmental Philosophy
Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
BPH 11513 Pre-Buddhist Philosophical Background BPH 11513 Pre-Buddhist Philosophical Background
1000 Level
2nd Semester
BPH 12513 Early Buddhist Philosophy BPH 12513 Early Buddhist Philosophy
2000 Level
1st Semester
BPH 21613 Buddhist Social Philosophy BPH 21513 Buddhist Social Philosophy
BPH 21623 Comparative Study of Religions BPH 21523 Comparative Study of Religions
BPH 21633 Early Buddhist Philosophical Schools
BPH 21643 Study of Mahayana Philosophy
2000 Level
2nd Semester
BPH 22613 Buddhist Ethics BPH 22513 Buddhist Ethics
BPH 22623 Buddhism and Indian Philosophical Thought
BPH 22633 Buddhist Bhawana and Yoga
BPH 22643 Buddhist Philosophy and Contemporary Thoughts
3000 Level
1st Semester
BPH 31613 Buddhism and Para-materialistic Doctrines BPH 31513 Buddhism and Para-materialistic Doctrines
BPH 31623 Buddhist Theory of Knowledge BPH 31523 Buddhist Theory of Knowledge
BPH 31633 Sanskrit Textual Study
BPH 31643 Pali Textual Study
3000 Level
2nd Semester
BPH 32613 Buddhist Psychology BPH 32513 Buddhist Psychology
BPH 32623 Educational Philosophy of Buddhism
BPH 32633 Communication of Buddhist Doctrine
BPH 32643 Abhidhamma Studies
4000 Level
1st Semester
BPH 41613 Buddhist Aesthetics
BPH 41623 Buddhist Logic and Dialectical Philosophy
BPH 41633 Buddhist Cosmology and Modern Science
BPH 41643 Independent Dissertation
4000 Level
2nd Semester
BPH 42613 Buddhist Political Thought
BPH 42623 East Asian Buddhist Philosophic Traditions
BPH 42633 Buddhist Vinaya Study
BPH 42643 Independent Dissertation
Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
PAL 11513 Prescribed Texts PAL 11513 Prescribed Texts
1000 Level
2nd Semester
PAL 12513 Pali Grammar - Unprescribed Texts and Composition PAL 12513 Pali Grammar - Unprescribed Texts and Composition
2000 Level
1st Semester
PAL 21613 Prescribed Texts PAL 21513 Prescribed Texts
PAL 21623 Unprescribed Texts, Composition and History of the Canonical Literature PAL 21523 Unprescribed Texts, Composition and History of the Canonical Literature
PAL 21633 Pali Literature in Theravada Buddhist Countries
PAL 21643 Pali Historical Documents
2000 Level
2nd Semester
PAL 22613 Traditional and Analytical Pali Grammar PAL 22513 Traditional and Analytical Pali Grammar
PAL 22623 Social Philosophy in Pali Nikaya
PAL 22633 Unprescribed Text s and Composition
PAL 22643 Buddhist Institutions
3000 Level
1st Semester
PAL 31613 Prescribed Texts PAL 31513 Prescribed Texts
PAL 31623 Unprescribed Texts, Composition and Pali Exegetical Literature PAL 31523 Unprescribed Texts, Composition and Pali Exegetical Literature
PAL 31633 Pali Prakarana Literature
PAL 3164 Study of Pali Poetics and Prosody
3000 Level
2nd Semester
PAL 32613 Buddhism as Depicted in Canonical Literature PAL 32513 Buddhism as Depicted in Canonical Literature
PAL 32623 History of Pali Literature – Modern Period (from 18th Century onwards)
PAL 32633 Critical Study of Pali Literature
PAL 32643 Inter-traditional Pali Grammar
4000 Level
1st Semester
PAL 41613 Prescribed Texts
PAL 41623 Study of Buddhist Primary Sources (Sanskrit)
PAL 41633 Linguistic Pali Grammar
PAL 41643 Independent Dissertation
4000 Level
2nd Semester
PAL 42613 Middle Indo-Aryan Languages
PAL 42623 Abhidhamma Literature
PAL 42633 Buddhist Vinaya Literature
PAL 42643 Independent Dissertation