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Harvard University

Buddhism Through Its Scriptures

Harvard University via edX


Whether you are new to the study of Buddhism or have been studying it or practicing it for years, this course will provide you with the opportunity to become acquainted with a variety of Buddhist teachings while guiding you to think about them, and yourself, in new ways.

Through a combination of carefully selected readings, both scriptural and informational, as well as exposure to various forms of Buddhist practice such as art, devotional acts, and literary works, you will learn how to interpret, reflect upon, and apply the teachings of the Buddha to your own life and deepen your understanding of Buddhism.

Taught by

Charles Hallisey and Alexis Bader Brown


4.0 rating, based on 6 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at edX based on 12 ratings

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  • Dean Jones
    This course was not well-suited to what I wanted to learn, and I found the course matierials uneven and inconsistent. These are only my personal views. Others will (and do) find great value in the course. I was looking for more factual information…
  • The course was interesting. I was impressed with the information, videos, and commentary. This is a part of a series on Traditions and Scriptures. Its not the strongest of the series, but I enjoyed learning in it.
  • Deanne Young
    I was very happy to discover this class and was enjoying the content until I realized I would lose all access after 4 weeks. I do not believe this course could be completed in one month but admittedly am not the fastest learner. By nature and age I…
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    This is an excellent course! If you are interested in learning to join this course - a team from Harvard done a really good job!
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