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

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Buddhist Studies in Buddhist Culture
  Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level

1st Semester
BST11613 History of Buddhism in India Core 03 
ELG11612 Elements of English Grammar Core 02
ITS11613 Computer Literacy & Basic ICT Skills Core 03
SES11612 Ethics, Values and Vision of Life Core 02

2nd Semester
BST12613 Basic Teachings of Early Buddhism Core 03 
ELG12612 Reading Skills Core 02
ITS12612 Essential Skills in Digital Presentation Core 02
SLG12612 Sinhala Writing Skills Core 02
2000 Level

1st Semester
BST21613 Buddhist Social Philosophy Core 03 
BST21623 Mahayana Buddhist Thought Core 03
BST21633 Historical Development of Buddhism in Sri Lanka Core 03
BST21643 World Religion Studies Core 03
MNS21613 Mathematical and Numerical Skills Core 03
TLG21613 Basic Tamil Core 03

2nd Semester
BST22613 Textual Study (Pali and Sanskrit) Core 03 
BST22623 Buddhist Educational Philosophy Core 03
BST22633 Buddhist Vinaya and Philosophy of Law Core 03
BST22643 Buddhist Economic and Political Thought Core 03
SES22613 Information Literacy and Scientific Communication Skills Core 03
SES22611 Socio-Emotional Skills Core 01
3000 Level

1st Semester
BCU31613 Buddhist Health and Hygiene Core 03 
BCU31623 Buddhist Ethics Core 02
BCU31633 Contemporary World Buddhist Culture Core 03
BCU31643 Buddhist Culture in Asian Countries -i (Theravada) Core 03
CSE31612 Philosophy of knowledge and Research Core 02
ELG31613 Academic Writing Skills Core 03

2nd Semester
BCU32613 History of Buddhism in India (Post - Ashokan Period) Core 03 
BCU32623 Buddhist Art and Antiquities - i (Sri Lanka) Core 03
BCU32633 Buddhist Environmental Philosophy Core 03
BCU32643 Fundamental Doctrines of Buddhist Management Core 03
HRM32613 Human Resource Management Core 03
ELG32612 Business English Core 02
4000 Level

1st Semester
BCU41613 Research Design Core 03 
BCU41623 Buddhist Culture in Asian Countries -ii (Mahayana) Core 03
BCU41633 Buddhist Art and Antiquities - ii (India and Nearby Kingdoms) Core 03
BCU41643 Buddhist Culture in Asian Countries -iii (Central Asia) Core 03
ITS41612 Information and Communication Technology for Personal and Office Usage Core 02
ELG41612 Public Speaking Core 02
SES41611 Soft Skills and Personality Development Core 01
SES41632 Critical and creative thinking Core 02

2nd Semester
BCU42619 Dissertation Core 09
BCU42623 Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals Optional 03
BCU42633 Internship
       
Course Modules Offered for Bachelor of Arts Degree Programme
  Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level
1st Semester BST11513 History of Buddhism in India Core 03 
2nd Semester BST12513 Basic Teachings of Early Buddhism Core 03 
2000 Level
1st Semester BST21513 Buddhist Social Philosophy Core 03 
BST21523 Historical Development of Buddhism in Sri Lanka Optional 03 
2nd Semester BST22513 Buddhist Economic and Political Thought Core 03 
BST22523 Buddhist Educational Philosophy Optional 03 
3000 Level
1st Semester BCU31513 Buddhist Ethics Core 03 
BCU31523 Contemporary World Buddhist Culture Optional 03 
2nd Semester BCU32513 Buddhist Art and Antiquities - i (Sri Lanka) Core 03 
BCU32523 Fundamental Doctrines of Buddhist Management Optional 03
  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  
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Buddhist Studies in Buddhist Philosophy
  Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level

1st Semester
BST11613 History of Buddhism in India Core 03 
ELG11612 Elements of English Grammar Core 02
ITS11613 Computer Literacy & Basic ICT Skills Core 03
SES11612 Ethics, Values and Vision of Life Core 02

2nd Semester
BST12613 Basic Teachings of Early Buddhism Core 03 
ELG12612 Reading Skills Core 02
ITS12612 Essential Skills in Digital Presentation Core 02
SLG12612 Sinhala Writing Skills Core 02
2000 Level

1st Semester
BST21613 Buddhist Social Philosophy Core 03 
BST21623 Mahayana Buddhist Thought Core 03
BST21633 Historical Development of Buddhism in Sri Lanka Core 03
BST21643 World Religion Studies Core 03
MNS21613 Mathematical and Numerical Skills Core 03
TLG21613 Basic Tamil Core 03

2nd Semester
BST22613 Textual Study (Pali and Sanskrit) Core 03 
BST22623 Buddhist Educational Philosophy Core 03
BST22633 Buddhist Vinaya and Philosophy of Law Core 03
BST22643 Buddhist Economic and Political Thought Core 03
SES22613 Information Literacy and Scientific Communication Skills Core 03
SES22611 Socio-Emotional Skills Core 01
3000 Level

1st Semester
BPH31613 Buddhist Theory of Knowledge Core 03 
BPH31623 Buddhist Ethics Core 02
BPH31633 Buddhist Psychology Core 03
BPH31643 Abhidhamma Studies Core 03
CSE31612 Philosophy of knowledge and Research Core 02
ELG31613 Academic Writing Skills Core 03

2nd Semester
BPH32613 Buddhist Logic Core 03 
BPH32623 Buddhist Counseling Core 03
BPH32633 Madhymika and Yogacara Philosophy Core 03
BPH32643 Fundamental Doctrines of Buddhist Core 03
HRM32613 Human Resource Management Core 03
ELG32612 Business English Core 02
4000 Level

1st Semester
BPH41613 Research Design Core 03 
BPH41623 Buddhism and Modern Science Core 03
BPH41633 Early Buddhist Philosophical Schools Core 03
BPH41643 Buddhism and Western Philosophy Core 03
ITS41612 Information and Communication Technology for Personal and Office Usage Core 02
ELG41612 Public Speaking Core 02
SES41611 Soft Skills and Personality Development Core 01
SES41632 Critical and creative thinking Core 02

2nd Semester
BPH42619 Dissertation Core 09
BPH42623 Buddhist Meditation and Yoga Optional 03
BPH42633 Internship
       
Course Modules Offered for Bachelor of Arts Degree Programme
  Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level
1st Semester BST11513 History of Buddhism in India Core 03 
2nd Semester BST12513 Basic Teachings of Early Buddhism Core 03 
2000 Level
1st Semester BST21513 Buddhist Social Philosophy Core 03 
BST21523 Mahayana Buddhist Thought Optional 03 
2nd Semester BST22513 Buddhist Economic and Political Thought Core 03 
BST22523 Buddhist Educational Philosophy Optional 03 
3000 Level
1st Semester BPH31513 Buddhist Ethics Core 03 
BPH31523 Buddhist Psychology Optional 03 
2nd Semester BPH32513 Buddhist Counseling Core 03 
BPH32523 Fundamental Doctrines of Buddhist Management Optional 03
  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  
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Pali
  Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level

1st Semester
PAL11613 Study of Prescribed Texts Core 03 
ELG11612 Elements of English Grammar Core 02
ITS11613 Computer Literacy & Basic ICT Skills Core 03
SES11612 Ethics, Values and Vision of Life Core 02

2nd Semester
PAL12613 Pali Grammar and Unspecified Texts Core 03 
ELG12612 Reading Skills Core 02
ITS12612 Essential Skills in Digital Presentation Core 02
SLG12612 Sinhala Writing Skills Core 02
2000 Level

1st Semester
PAL21613 Study of Prescribed Texts Core 03 
PAL21623 Buddhist Vinaya Literature Core 03
PAL21633 Inter – Traditional Pali Grammar Core 03
PAL21643 Buddhism in Pali Canonical Literature Core 03
MNS21613 Mathematical and Numerical Skills Core 03
TLG21613 Basic Tamil Core 03

2nd Semester
PAL22613 History of Canonical and exegetical Literature Core 03 
PAL22623 Unspecified Texts and Composition Core 03
PAL22633 Pali Literature in South-East Asia Core 03
PAL22643 Pali Chronicles Core 03
SES22613 Information Literacy and Scientific Communication Skills Core 03
SES22611 Socio-Emotional Skills Core 01
3000 Level

1st Semester
PAL31613 Study of Prescribed Texts Core 03 
PAL31623 Pali Prosody Core 02
PAL31633 Linguistic Pali Grammar Core 03
PAL31643 Pali Prakarana Literature Core 03
CSE31612 Philosophy of knowledge and Research Core 02
ELG31613 Academic Writing Skills Core 03

2nd Semester
PAL32613 Social Philosophy in Pali Canon Core 03 
PAL32623 Sanskrit Textual Studies Core 03
PAL32633 History of Pali Literature in Modern Era Core 03
PAL32643 Study and Editing of Palm Leaves Manuscripts Core 03
HRM32613 Human Resource Management Core 03
ELG32612 Business English Core 02
4000 Level

1st Semester
PAL41613 Proposal Writing Core 03 
PAL41623 Critical Study of Pali Literature and Aesthetics Core 03
PAL41633 Middle Indo-Aryan Languages Core 03
PAL41643 Study of Abhidhamma Literature Core 03
ITS41612 Information and Communication Technology for Personal and Office Usage Core 02
ELG41612 Public Speaking Core 02
SES41611 Soft Skills and Personality Development Core 01
SES41632 Critical and creative thinking Core 02

2nd Semester
PAL42619 Dissertation Core 09
PAL42623 Internship Optional 03
PAL42633 Practice of Applied Pali Language
       
Course Modules Offered for Bachelor of Arts Degree Programme
  Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level
1st Semester PAL11513 Study of Prescribed Texts Core 03 
2nd Semester PAL12513 Pali Grammar and Unspecified Texts Core 03 
2000 Level
1st Semester PAL21513 Study of Prescribed Text Core 03 
PAL21523 Buddhism in Pali Canonical Literature Optional 03 
2nd Semester PAL22513 History of Canonical and Exegetical Literature Core 03 
PAL22523 Unspecified Text and Composition Optional 03 
3000 Level
1st Semester PAL31513 Study of Prescribed Text Core 03 
PAL31523 Pali Prakarana Literature Optional 03 
2nd Semester PAL32513 Social Philosophy in Pali Canon Core 03 
PAL32523 History of Pali Literature in Modern Era Optional 03
  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