Buddhist Studies

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Welcome to the Wikiversity Department of Buddhist Studies The Department of Buddhist Studies is part of the School of Theology and is a content development project for learning resources related to Buddhist studies. It is not the intent of this department to preach about Buddhism, but embark on a scholarly studies of Buddhism as a subject. Buddha himself had played a role as an exemplar, guide and teacher for those sentient beings who must tread the path themselves, attain spiritual Awakening, and see truth and reality as they are. Here, we focus on critical examination of both the facts and myths, truths and legends, the implications and the philosophy resulting from the spread of Buddhism.

Embarking on a scholarly studies of Buddhism as a subject, requires an open mind. Buddha himself had played a role as an exemplar, guide and teacher for those sentient beings who must tread the path themselves, attain spiritual Awakening, and see truth and reality as they are. Here, we focus on critical examination of both the facts and myths, truths and legends, the implications and the philosophy resulting from the spread of Buddhism.

Ironically, the most important question in the study of Buddhism is whether or not it is accurate to think of Buddhism as a religion. Buddhism is best approached as a systematic social education. As such, the study of Buddhism is very much both about methodology as well as understanding the historical as well as current context. The rich spiritual tradition cannot be ignored. The main themes of Buddhist thought in its many forms, are identified and discussed. The enormous diversity of the spiritual tradition including its classical eastern manifestations are emphasised. Of interest is the recent growth of Buddhism in the West, and how it responds to contemporary needs.

You can begin the learning process at the coordinating page: Buddhism.

The Department's Vision[edit]

The department is not out to write a text book of Buddhist Studies. We focus on writing classes in line with the Vision behind Wikiversity. This course is not simply a replica of information found elsewhere but a framework for our students to explore the web for resources.

Current authors in this department include: DErnestWachter, email:dewnada@icloud.com

Conversion of Your Credit Hours to Diploma and Degrees[edit]

There are currently no plans for the conversion of the accumulated credit hours and grade point average to the appropriate diploma and degrees. Discussion is on-going at this moment (1 July 2005) and a decision is expected to be finalised by end-March 2006. And will be announced in this section.

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