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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Here at Berkeley, the professors really do know their stuff. How much you learn thus entirely depends on how much effort and time you put into studying and attempting to understand the materials which professors and GSIs have made available to and...

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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...