Introducing Buddhist Studies Online

bso launch online education website Apr 05, 2021

Today we are excited to officially announce the launch of Buddhist Studies Online, a new educational platform aimed at providing accessible, affordable, and high-quality courses on the history, philosophy, and practices of Buddhism!

In recent years, the popularity of Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga has skyrocketed around the world, with tens of millions of Buddhists and non-Buddhists trying to tame their ever-more-stressed minds daily. Alongside the boom in interest in Buddhism, the last decade has also witnessed a surge in academic research into the history, philosophy, and practice of Buddhism. Unfortunately, however, much of this knowledge is secured behind institutional paywalls and specialized academic jargon, and is thus largely inaccessible to the larger public.

On the other hand, the world of quasi-Buddhist self-help has ballooned, and people interested in learning more about Buddhism encounter a confusing landscape of wishy-washy claims, gimmicky promotion, and "inspirational" quotes misattributed to the Buddha.

BSO aims to bridge the gap between the meditation cushion and the academy. We offer online courses and trainings on the history, philosophy, and languages of Buddhism—seeking the balance between the highest standards in academic scholarship, yet readily accessible, affordable, and meaningful for the modern practitioner.

Our approach is academic and non-sectarian. We do not seek to replace instruction offered by experienced Buddhist teachers or lineage holders, but believe that the academic and practice-based study of Buddhism are complementary. We welcome students of all backgrounds, whether experienced meditators, weekend yogis, aspiring scholars, or simply someone interested in learning more about Buddhism!

Our first course is now open for enrollment! BSO 101 | Intro to Buddhism: History, Philosophy, and Practice, taught by our director Dr. Kate Hartmann.

We are excited to share more with you in the coming days!

Image Credit: "Seated Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Infinite Compassion," c. 17th century, from Tibet or Mongolia. Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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