OL BBP: Basics of Buddhist Philosophy

This course explores the basics tenets of Buddhist philosophical thought. Students will start by exploring the Four Noble Truths, the subject of Buddha Śākyamuni's first turning of the wheel of the Dharma, and continue through the topics of No Self, the Five Aggregates, Dependent Origination, the truth of the Path and the Fruition, and the Buddhist cosmos. By studying these topics, students will be able to gain an understanding of these basic tenets of the Buddhist philosophical system. Students can then build on this solid foundation by exploring other courses offered by RYI and in other Buddhist Studies arenas.

This online course assumes no prior knowledge of Buddhist philosophy, history, or practice. Taught by Professors Joanne Larson and Hilary Herdman, this short course is part of the larger semester-long course Foundations of Buddhism. Foundations of Buddhism is built to span an entire semester of coursework at RYI, and this short course comprises the second and third weeks of the semester-long course.

Students can study at their leisure in this short self-study course format. This course is also available in the interactive format for group study. Course content will be presented as video lectures and visual lectures created from MS PowerPoint©. Students will also explore course readings via Rupert Gethin's Foundations of Buddhism and other supporting material.

Students will navigate the material via Moodle, an open source e-learning environment. Internet access is required for studying this course. Students will have access to this short course for four months from their date of registration.