Buddhist Studies

Eastern religions are often of interest to Western students. Sometimes this interest may even lead one to take up a Buddhist studies major. Majoring in Buddhist studies gives you the opportunity to learn more about the teachings and philosophies of Buddha, as well as the history of the religion. The program primarily focuses on the philosophy taught by Gautama Buddha. Courses will focus on his life in ancient India and the various interpretations of his teachings by his apostles and disciples.You'll learn more about the religion through cultural, intellectual and social developments of the faith and its various branches. The major provides detailed instruction in sacred Buddhist literature, including the Tipitaka and its various branches. After you've graduated, you will come to realize that your career options depend on your experience and education. As restrictive as the major may seem, it gives you access to multiple employment opportunities depending on your interests. You can pursue a career as a religious worker, clergy member, nonprofit employee, or even as a university professor.

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University of California-Berkeley

Founded in 1868, the University of California at Berkeley is the flagship of the University of California system of higher education, with a campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay. UC Berkeley is known for its academic excellence, student activism...

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The classes here are great. The professors are all the best at their field and teach with passion that is tangible. They really are geniuses. The classes taught vary from a class on just mushrooms to hip hop to harry potter to bird watching. I...

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St. John's College-Santa Fe

St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States and famous for the distinctive Great Books curriculum. Students read over 200 of the greatest books ever written, discuss them in classes of 20 students or fewer, and, instead of...

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I'm ALWAYS learning... both the curriculum and the lifestyle of this campus are stimulating and dynamic. There is usually some sort of event going on; there are tons of options with intramurals, and there's a huge array of individuals. Classes always...

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The Won Institute of Graduate Studies is a grad school of eastern medicine and culture and the only acupuncture training academy in Pennsylvania. Won Institute grants master’s degrees in Acupuncture Studies and Won Buddhist Studies as well as a...

Founded in 1949, the Institute of Buddhist Studies is a Buddhist seminary and graduate school in Berkeley and a member of the Graduate Theological Union. IBS confers master’s degrees in Arts, Buddhist Studies, and Divinity. In addition, the institute...