Online Buddhist Studies

Online Buddhist Studies courses (also known as Specialized Textual Studies courses) focus on studying a specific Buddhist text. Your course will be taught by a monastic instructor (khenpo or lopon) in Tibetan and translated into English by a skilled interpreter.

Courses are delivered via Moodle, an open source e-learning environment. Each class session includes a video or audio lecture of the monastic instructor teaching along with the English translation. The courses also include supplementary review classes created by our Western academic instructors to clarify, illustrate, or reiterate important points, and English-language transcripts of the lectures.

 

Root Verses of the Middle Way (Mūlamadhyamikakārikā)

What is real? Examine various aspects of experience through Nāgārjuna's classic text which brings to light the Buddha's doctrine of dependent origination. Studying this text as a philosophical treatise is an adventure in itself, and for those who practice meditation, it is the perfect complement. 

Root Verses of the Middle Way (Mūlamadhyamakakārikā) Part One

The Root Verses of the Middle Way (Mūlamadhyamakakārikā) by Nāgārjuna is a classic Buddhist text that uses logic to challenge our assumptions about the nature of reality. Nāgārjuna analyzes various phenomena we generally assume to be real, such as motion, cause and effect and the sense faculties. He also analyzes doctrines accepted by the tradition, such as the four Noble Truths. In each case, he shows that their reality is illusory, fabricated by our deluded minds. Studying this text as a philosophical treatise is an adventure in itself, but for those who practice meditation, it is the perfect complement to practice. Read more...

Root Verses of the Middle Way (Mūlamadhyamakakārikā) Part Two

This online course is the continuation of the first part of the Root Verses of the Middle Way (Mūlamadhyamakakārikā) course, which explores this classic text by Nāgārjuna in depth. Root Verses of the Middle Way by Nāgārjuna is a classic Buddhist text that uses logic to challenge our assumptions about the nature of reality. Nāgārjuna analyzes various phenomena we generally assume to be real, such as motion, cause and effect and the sense faculties. He also analyzes doctrines accepted by the tradition, such as the four Noble Truths. In each case, he shows that their reality is illusory, fabricated by our deluded minds. Studying this text as a philosophical treatise is an adventure in itself, but for those who practice meditation, it is the perfect complement to practice. Read more...