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what
Buddhist Sciences are?
Buddhist sciences are a branch of academic study that deals with the analysis of the Buddhist tradition, with its various schools, under the approach of the scientific methodology applied to the Scriptures, Treatises, and Moral Codes. Thus, it is possible to develop rational and analytical knowledge that is within the Brazilian register, within our language, and our knowledge structure. Welcome to Pramāṇa Institute

Pramāṇa Institute

Pramāṇa is the term (in Romanized Sanskrit) used to designate the Buddhist epistemological tradition. In general, it can be said that the term expresses knowledge that is valid, safe and correct, that is reliable. The basis of this type of knowledge is the criterion that is based on the observation, experimentation, verification and confirmation of an object. In this case, our object is, on one side, propositional and experiential Christianity, and on the other, propositional and experiential Buddhism. As the way of knowing and knowledge are scientific and soteriological means in these two domains of human knowledge, then the name pramāṇa carries with it the identity of our Instituto de Teologias Cristãs e Ciências Budistas. Now it has become the Pramāṇa Institute (of Christian Theologies and Buddhist Sciences).

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MISSION

A missão do Instituto Pramāṇa é promover o desenvolvimento dos alunos com espírito científico e pensamento reflexivo, investigativo e introspectivo nos diferentes campos do conhecimento humano. Em especial nas áreas da teologia e filosofia, a fim de interagir com a comunidade em organismos de assessoramento educacional e social para benefício do indivíduo e da coletividade.  

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VISION

To be a pole of education and national and international coexistence at a national and international level. Academic reference for promoting the universality of scientific, theological, philosophical and sociocultural knowledge in the areas of Buddhist and Christian theology and philosophy, based on the understanding of canonical texts and treatises through a structural model of excellence in education.

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VALUES

We follow Buddhist morality, with their roots in compassion and altruism. We work with dedication, efficiency, honesty, friendship, loyalty, social and environmental responsibility, respect and readiness, even in the most adverse moments. These values represent and guide our conduct and our students.

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MISSION

The mission of ITBC is to promote students' development, provided with scientific spirit as well as reflective, investigative and introspective thinking in the different fields of human knowledge. Especially in the areas of theology and philosophy, in order to interact with the community in educational and social advisory bodies for the benefit of the individual and the community.  

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VISION

Being a reference point of education and coexistence, nationally and internationally, with a view to promoting the universality of scientific, philosophical and sociocultural knowledge in the different fields of human knowledge, especially in the areas of Buddhist Sciences and Christology, starting from the understanding of Buddhists and Christians canonical texts, being guided by a structural model of excellence in education.

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VALUES

We follow Buddhist morality, with their roots in compassion and altruism. We work with dedication, efficiency, honesty, friendship, loyalty, social and environmental responsibility, respect and readiness, even in the most adverse moments. These values represent and guide our conduct and our students.

Course

The studies and researches of the undergraduate and graduate courses in Buddhist Sciences have specialized bibliography, published exclusively for the Course, from classic and contemporary works in the field of Buddhist Sciences and Philosophy.

The objective is to develop a broad and critical understanding through the ascertainment of the principles, concepts, arguments and judgements concerning buddhist knowledge which support the theological foundation of the ineffable ultimate reality: definitive peace.

The duration of the full course takes five years and, for the graduate studies (Stricto Sensu), it takes from four up to six years. The certification will only be granted after the student has adequately fulfilled the requirements (delivering all the required activities and final evaluations, as well reaching the average in each subject offered). It is a 100% distance learning based system. Academic subjects are offered semi-annually.

First group of trainees of the undergraduate course in Buddhist Sciences 2018 and graduate course in Buddhist Sciences I. In the center, professors Plínio M. Tsai and Lobsang Chogni.

Admissions

Registration is open for admissions at any time!

Open Courses in Christian Theology

Seminários: Os Principais Teólogos Contemporâneos do Catolicismo

Curso Livre Gratuito aos domingos às 20h

Summa Theologica's Analysis

Free and Daily Course at 10-11a.m.

Doctors of the Church Texts' Analysis

Free Course on Sundays at 10-11a.m.

Support

Institutional body

Director

Plínio M. Tsai

Undergraduate (2005) and post-graduate (equivalent to master's and doctorate) (2012) in Buddhist Sciences (Chinese and Tibetan schools). Awaiting thesis defense in the Ph.D. program in Sinology / Social Sciences (Unicamp). Master in Contemporary Philosophy / Chinese Philosophy by UEL (2016). Law degree from UNISAL (2010). Effective member of the International Buddhist Council. Representative member of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC). Founder of the Buddha Dharma Association.

Academic Coordinator

Loyane Ferreira (Lobsang Drolma)

Bachelor's (2006) and Master's (2010) degree in History by UNICAMP, area in which she works as a university professor since 2010. She graduated in Buddhist Science from ITCB (2018). She is part of the graduate program
Buddhist Science by ITCB and doctoral program in Religious Studies by Universidade Metodista de São Paulo, UMESP. She is a fully ordained nun (bhikṣuṇī, gelongma) since 2020.

Coordinator of Teaching and Extension

Ethel Beluzzi

Bacharela (2011) e mestra (2014) em Filosofia (Unicamp), com dissertação sobre a teoria do conhecimento kantiana e seus impactos na filosofia moderna, e doutora em Linguística Aplicada (2018) pela Unicamp, com tese na área de tradução a partir do sânscrito, trabalhando um capítulo do Samadhiraja Sutra. Iniciou seus estudos em Teologia Budista em 2010, formando-se em 2018 pelo ITCB. Faz parte do programa de mestrado livre em Teologia Budista pelo ITCB e na graduação em Teologia Católica na Universidade Católica Dom Bosco (UCDB).

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