As a carpenter does not build a house without the necessary tools, and without these mandatory components it is impossible to see the void directly. Anyone who wants to attain enlightenment should learn ways to see things that cannot be seen by the eyes in ordinary states of mind. These keys to the vision of emptiness are meditation and the art of logical reasoning.
The greatest teachers have always emphasized that they only point the way. Lord Buddha used to say, "Do not believe anything, no matter where you read it, no matter what you say, even if I say it, until your mind and your feelings agree."
Thus, logic, or in other words clear thinking, is a tool that makes it possible to evaluate new ideas critically and come to an irrefutable understanding, which ones are correct, and which are ultimately useless.
In this course we will study the structure of Buddhist logic and the form of Buddhist debate.