The University organizes content from across the Web into self-paced, free courses on a variety of topics in Buddhist Studies. We currently offer 10 courses on the fundamentals of Buddhism:

A general introduction to Buddhism suitable for everyone.

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Featuring:
Ven Master Hsing Yun, Peter Harvey, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Walpola Rahula, Bhikkhu Bodhi, and Ajahn Jayasaro

An introduction to the Buddhist practice focusing on ethics and meditation and how they work to improve our lives.

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Featuring:
Bhante Yuttadhammo
Thubten Yeshe, Bhikkhu Cintita, and Ananda Pereira

An introduction to the Buddhist Canon suitable for everyone based on Bhikkhu Bodhi’s popular anthology, In The Buddha’s Words.

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Featuring:
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Bhikkhu Bodhi

An introduction to the history and religious aspects of Buddhism, including analysis of the Sangha and what it takes to call yourself a Buddhist.

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Featuring:
Richard Robinson, Willard L. Johnson, Ajahn Geoff Ṭhānissaro, Laurence Khantipalo Mills, T. B. Karunaratne, Bhikkhu Cintita, and I. B. Horner

A rigerous tour of key words and images used in the Early Buddhist Texts, this course unpacks early Buddhist philosophy from the unique perspective of the rhethoric it deployed. This course also serves as an introduction to Pāli for nonspecialists.

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Featuring:
Bhikkhu Anālayo and Hellmuth Hecker

An introduction to Buddhist Philosophy for students starting to feel comfortable reading the suttas. Primarily based on the Theravada school, the class will include some additional material to round out its presentation.

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Featuring:
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Ajahn Suchart, Ajahn Sumedho, and Luangta Maha Boowa

In this course we cover ethics from three angles – theory, practice and mythology – believing that none is intelligible without the rest. A course that, hopefully, will engage your heart as well as your head.

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Featuring:
Peter Harvey, Maurice Walshe, Ven. Nyanaponika Thera, Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli Thera, Jamie Heckert, and Bhikkhu Bodhi

A course on part of the Madhyama Āgama held in 2013, the sutras covered (MA 72-86) revolve around the interdependence of samatha and vipassana meditation and their co-creation of wisdom. Bhikkhu Anālayo makes the difficult subject accessible in his inimitably methodical style.

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Featuring:
Bhikkhu Anālayo

A rigerous tour of the Majjhima Nikāya led by Bhikkhu Bodhi and supplemented by the excellent comparative scholarship of Bhikkhu Anālayo, this course will give you an excellent grounding in the most readable and important of the Early Buddhist Texts.

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Featuring:
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Bhikkhu Anālayo, Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli Thera, Bhikkhu Bodhi, and Bhante Sujato

This course weaves together two free monographs and a number of booklets to explore Nirvana from a critical perspective, giving a thorough introduction to the meaning, logic and history behind the Buddhists’ ultimate goal.

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Featuring:
Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro, Soonil Hwang, Ven. Nyanaponika Thera, Ajahn Geoff Ṭhānissaro, Bhikkhu Kaṭukurunde Ñāṇananda, Helmuth von Glasenapp, and Mahāsi Sayadaw