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-Buddhistic Philosophical Background BPH 11513   Pre-Buddhistic 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 - Unspecified Texts and Composition PAL 12513   Pali Grammar - Unspecified Texts and Composition
 
2000 Level
1st Semester
PAL 21613   Prescribed Texts PAL 21513   Prescribed Texts
PAL 21623  Unspecified Texts, Composition and History of the Canonical Literature PAL 21523  Unspecified 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  Unspecified Texts, Composition and Pali Exegetical Literature PAL 31523  Unspecified Texts, Composition and Pali Exegetical Literature
PAL 31633   Pali Prakarana Literature  
PAL 31643   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