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Delhi, Dec 15, 2016: Buddhism has spread to parts of South Asia and South East Asia to countries such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam, and so on. Buddhist Monks have been conducting meditation sessions on New York City streets and other busy areas of the city.

Rise in demand to learn about Buddhism has led to the educational institutions wiring out a way for all the seekers of Buddhism centred education. Colleges and universities have thus, started offering courses in Buddhism.


Harvard University has therefore, ordered free online courses on Buddhism. A series of courses have been started by Harvard University like, World religions through their scriptures, Buddhism through its scriptures.

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This course has been designed in such a way that it consists of almost 40 hours of work spread over a time frame of four weeks. This is a very convenient option for those who are unable to find the time or means to spend a lot of time studying the religion.

Professor Charles Hallisey, who belongs to the faculty at Harvard Divinity School will be guiding this course. Professor Hallisey is an authority on Buddhist scriptures and literature and is the Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist works. He also authored a book that featured poems by Buddhist women.

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It was called Therigatha: Poems of the first Buddhist Women. Professor Hallisey says, “the course is not about learning a Buddhist scripture because Buddhism doesn’t actually have a main book like the Abrahamic religions do.

The course will be an examination of various scriptures that the Buddhist considers sacred so that the course-taker will develop the right mindset to understand the Buddhist way of life better.” The course is going to be self-paced, which will give takers the opportunity to complete it, according to how time permits them.

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter: @shambhavispeaks


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