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Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies will organize a Three-day National Seminar on Development of Pramāṇa Theories and the Systems of Logic in Buddhist Tradition from 28 February to 1 March, 2020.

About Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham:

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research academia that is accredited 'A' by NAAC and is ranked as one of the best research institutes in India. Founded by Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), one of the prominent spiritual leaders of our times, and managed by Mata Amritanandamayi Math, the University is spread across six campuses in three states of India - Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, with the University headquarters at Ettimadai, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It continuously collaborates with top US universities including Ivy League universities and top European universities for regular student exchange programs, and has emerged as one of the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in India. It has been ranked India’s 8th best university in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Ranking 2018 approved by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. In the same year, UGC has granted the full autonomy to the University which has maintained high standards of excellence.


About Amrita Darshanam:

Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies (ICSS) has been established under the guidance of Amma. The Centre serves as an academic platform for study and research in the domains of philosophy, culture, arts, literature and society under the broad canopy of India Studies. It offers various Ph.D. and post-graduate programs in Indian knowledge systems, humanities courses, seminars, conferences and workshops to facilitate scholarly exchange and integrated education for students. It also works with other national and international organizations on manuscript preservation, projects and collaborations, and researches of the highest standard. Currently, the Centre has branches in five university campuses, namely Amritapuri, Coimbatore, Bengaluru, Mysuru and Chennai.


About Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR):

The Indian Council of Philosophical Research was set up in in March 1977 by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, for fostering research studies in the field of philosophy. It is an autonomous organization designed to bring back the entire tradition of Indian philosophy to its pristine and original form and provide required impetus to nurture and promote new thinking through its intensive programs of research. For promoting and encouraging indigenous interdisciplinary research, it enters into collaborations with other institutions, organizations for the promotion of research in philosophy.


About the City:

The city of Bengaluru (Bangalore) is known for its cosmopolitan nature. It is the socio-cultural and political hub of Karnataka. The city hosts people from different parts of India and the world, with diverse ethnicity and lifestyles. Kannada is the widely spoken language, along with English, Hindi, Tamil and a host of other languages. The landscape ranges from temples that are a few centuries old to skyscrapers that constitute the IT hub. One can get a feel of classical Indian culture by spending a couple of days in Bengaluru – every evening has several engagements related to lectures on philosophy, literature, arts and classical music, dance and theatrical performances.

About Bengaluru Campus

Bengaluru Campus is one of the six campuses of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. It is located in a peaceful environment, away from the hustle & bustle of city, yet well connected by road, provides an ambience for learning, combining state-of-the-art facilities. It provides an ideal environment that fulfills the aspirations of the young and meets the exacting demands of the future employers.

Two Schools - Engineering and Management are located in the campus, approx. 5-acre campus. The schools took birth from Chancellor Amma's educational vision of preparing a generation that can successfully meet the rigorous demands of the Information Age and at the same time, be imbued with the noble ideals of selfless service and love. They are committed to providing students with a holistic education that includes theoretical coursework, laboratory and field experience, integrated with spiritual values.

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About the Seminar

The Seminar aimed at bringing the contemporary scholars and researchers of Buddhist logic across India together and to create a platform for in-depth deliberations and reflection upon the Buddhist tradition of logic-theory (nyāya-śāstra), epistemology (jñana-mīmāmsā) and science of causes (hetu-vidyā) with an additional emphasis on the theory of pramāṇa (valid cognition). The participating scholars will be presenting the updated researches and developments in the field of Buddhist logic and epistemology and its interactions with other Indian philosophical traditions.

Dates: 28, 29 February & 1 March 2020

Venue: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kasavanahalli, Carmelaram P.O., Bengaluru – 560035

Purposes of the Seminar:

  1. To trace the systematic development of Buddhist logic and epistemological traditions with references to the works of Dignāga and Dharmakīrti in regard to:
    • Different approaches to pramāṇa-śāstra
    • Influence and interaction with Samkhya, Pūrva and Uttara Mimānsa, Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika and Jaina system logic
    • Influence and interaction with Jaina system of Logic
  2. To compare the development of the Indian literature on Buddhist logic and epistemology with the transcreations in the literatures of China and Tibet.


  • Different systems of Buddhist logic and their conceptual context
  • Pre-Dignāga views on Buddhist logic
  • Theory of inference (anumāna) according to Dignāga and Dharmakīrti's literature
  • Pramāṇa schools discussed by Śantarakśita and Kamalaśīla
  • Buddhist Apoha Theory
  • Critique of Yogacāra school in the Svatāntrika-mādhyamika tradition
  • Logical standpoint of Śantarakśita and Kamalaśīla
  • Critique of Dharmakīrti according to Jaina logical tradition of Akalanka
  • Nyāya-mañjari of Jayanta Bhatta and his critique of Buddhist logic

Distinguished Speakers:

  1. Prof. S. R. Bhatt, Ex-Chairman, ICPR, Delhi
  2. Prof. Pradeep P. Gokhale, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
  3. Prof. Arvind Kumar Rai, Benares Hindu University, Varanasi
  4. Prof. Dilipkumar Mohanta, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  5. Prof. Mangala R. Chinchore, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
  6. Prof. Ambika Datta Sharma, Doctor Harisingh Gour University, Sagar
  7. Prof. Tashi Tsering, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi
  8. Prof. Madhumita Chattopadhyay, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  9. Prof. Sachchidananda Mishra, Benares Hindu University, Varanasi
  10. Prof. C. D. Sebastian, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
  11. Dr. Kuntala Bhattacharya, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

Who Can Attend:

All those who are interested in studies related to Buddhist logic tradition are welcome.

Call for Abstracts: 

We invite you to contribute abstracts for the Seminar. Interested participants are requested to follow the guidelines for the submission of abstract:

  • Authors are requested to submit a paper abstract of 300 words.
  • Page setup: Abstract should be page-set in A4 paper with 2.5cm margin on all sides and a spacing of 1.5 space.
  • The medium of language: English (preferred) or Sanskrit
  • Font type: Times New Roman (12pt) for English or Devanagari in Baraha software which can be editable for Sanskrit
  • Figures and tables, if any, should be included within the text.
  • Name, mobile number, email and address of the author and the title of the paper should be clearly written in the abstract. Name of the author will do the presentation should be underlined.

Authors are requested to send one copy of abstract, together with filled registration form, by e-mail to on or before 10th February 2020.

Abstracts will be checked for plagiarism. Abstracts will be reviewed by an expert committee. Comments and feedback will be sent to the authors.

Authors of accepted abstracts should submit the hard copy of their full papers one day before their Seminar presentation.

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Instructions for Registration

Interested participants are requested to send the filled registration form by e-mail to on or before 20th February 2020. Accepted participants will be notified through phone or email.

Attendance of the Seminar is free of charge. Accommodation and food will be arranged for accepted participants at our Bengaluru Campus.

All participants will be awarded a certificate.

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Last date for submission of abstracts along with registration form February 10, 2020
Announcement of selected abstracts February 15, 2020
Last date for registration February 20, 2020

Organizing Committee:

Patron: Br. Dhanraj, Director, Bengaluru Campus

Convener: Dr. Pranshu Samdarshi, Assistant Professor, Amrita Darshanam, Bengaluru Campus  

Co-convener: Br. Prasanth B., Assistant Professor, Amrita Darshanam, Amritapuri Campus  

Committee Members:


All correspondences regarding the Seminar should be addressed to:
Dr. Pranshu Samdarshi (Convener of National Seminar),
Amrita Darshanam, ICSS, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bengaluru Campus
Address: Amrita Darshanam, ICSS, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kasavanahalli, Carmelaram,
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Phone: +91 8025183700, +91 9818322607

Event Details
2020-02-28 09:00 to 2020-03-01 17:00
Spiritual Studies