Dharma Study

Selected Resources for Dharma and Buddhist Studies

For those seeking deeper study into Buddhism, there is a wealth of resources available. We differentiate Dharma Studies from Buddhist Studies: Dharma Studies is intended for practitioners, who may or may not have interest in scholarship, while Buddhist Studies is more for scholars who may or may not be practitioners. The Buddhist Studies section includes resources for learning the Pali language. We also list Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Buddhist Chaplaincy training programs.

This list is intended as a jumping-off point for people to investigate each program on their own. Please contact the teacher or school directly if you would like further information on any of these.

Dharma Studies

These resources help practitioners deepen their understanding of the Dharma through both intellectual and practical guidance from Dharma teachers. This includes study of the early Buddhist texts as well as meditation and Dharma practice instruction, all with the purpose of being applied on the cushion and in daily life. We choose to focus on Dharma studies in the Insight / Vipassana / Theravada tradition.

Online sutta study programs: These are resources for studying the Pali Canon

Teacher/Org

Content

Format

Gil Fronsdal / Sati Center

 

Thematic study of suttas from the Majjhima Nikaya

Audio recordings from live classes

Shaila Catherine / Insight Meditation South Bay

 

Online sutta study

Live course with instructor over an online conference call

 

Bhikkhu Bodhi / Chuang Yen Monastery

Sequential study of the suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya

Video recordings of live classes

 

Bhikkhu Analayo / Univ of Hamburg

 

Sequential comparative studies of the Chinese Madyama Agama with the Pali Canon

 

Audio recordings from a class that was originally live online video

Includes handouts for each lecture

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

 

Entering the Path program

12-week course with guiding teachers including online lecture, sutta readings, and small group discussion

 

Introduction to Meditation / Foundations of Mindfulness

These online courses are designed for beginners to learn the basics of Insight meditation. All include live interaction with a teacher or senior student.

Teacher/Org

Description

Andrew Quernmore / Vipassana Fellowship

12-week beginner course

Insight Meditation Center

 

6-week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Spirit Rock/Sally Armstrong

 

Online class listing

Christopher Titmuss

Mindfulness Training Course 12 weeks

 

Other Online Dharma

Teacher/Org

Description

Metta Programs

 

Insight Dialogue Online

 

Kittisaro and Thanissara /Sacred Mountain Sangha (Dharmagiri)

 

Home Study – Practice Study Course

Shaila Catherine/Bodhi Courses — Online Buddhist Classroom — Two thematic courses per year that include recorded lectures, guided meditations, readings, discussion forums, and live online conference sessions with Shaila Catherine.

Bodhi Courses

 

Buddhist Studies

For those interested in academic study, there are a number of universities offering graduate programs focusing on Buddhism.  The list below highlights those programs that are from accredited institutions; those that allow a Theravada focus are listed first. Note that the Ph.D. programs generally require that a Master's Degree has already been gained; the few with combined MA/Ph.D. programs are indicated.

MA in Buddhist Studies – Includes focus in Theravada Tradition

University

Department

Location

California Institute of Integral Studies

Asian and Comparative Studies

Asian Philosophies and Cultures

San Francisco, CA

Institute of Buddhist Studies

[With the Graduate Theological Union]

Berkeley, CA

University of the West

Religious Studies

Rosemead, CA

Cal State Univ, Long Beach

Religious Studies

Long Beach, CA

Naropa University

Religious Studies

Boulder, CO

University of Washington

Asian Languages and Literature

Seattle, WA

 

MA in Buddhist studies – no focus in Theravada tradition indicated in website information

University

Department

Location

Columbia University

Dept. of Religion

New York City

Graduate Theological Union

Buddhist Studies

Berkeley, CA

Rangjung Yeshe Institute

Tibetan Buddhism

Boudhanath, Nepal

McGill University

Asian Religions Area

Montreal, ON Canada

University of California, Santa Barbara

Religious Studies

Santa Barbara, CA

 

MA/Ph.D. programs

University

Department

Location

University of California Los Angeles

Department of Asian Languages & Cultures

Los Angeles, CA

Stanford University

Religious Studies

Palo Alto, CA

 

University of Toronto

Study of Religion

Toronto, ON Canada

Florida State University

Religion

Tallahassee, FL

  

Ph. D. Includes concentration in Theravada Tradition

University

Department

Location

University of Toronto

Study of Religion

Toronto, ON Canada

Florida State University

Religion

Tallahassee, FL

Northwestern University

Religious Studies

Chicago, IL

 

Ph.D.  No concentration in Theravada tradition indicated in website information

University

Department

Location

University of California Berkeley

Berkeley Group in Buddhist Studies

Berkeley, CA

University of Washington

Asian Languages and Literature

Seattle, WA

University of California, Santa Barbara

Religious Studies

Santa Barbara CA

University of California Los Angeles  

Department of Asian Languages & Cultures

Los Angeles, CA

Stanford University

Religious Studies

Palo Alto, CA

University of Pennsylvania

Religious Studies: MA awarded as part of Ph.D.

Philadelphia, PA

 

Resources for learning Pali

Teacher/Organization

Content

Format

Bhikkhu Bodhi / Bodhi Monastery

 

Audio recordings

John Bullitt / Access to Insight

A guide to learning pali includes recommendations for books for self-study

Website

Urban Dharma

Learn Pali...the Language of Early Buddhism

Resources for beginners such as grammars, etc.

Vipassana Research Institute

Residential and non-residential courses

 

Pariyati Learning Center

Introduction to Pali

online courses

Eisel Mazard

Resources for Learning Pali

Links to texts regarding Pali grammar, writing system, versions of Pali, etc

The Online Pali Tutor

Drills and exercises with links to various online resources

 

Deepak Dhammadarshi

Learn Basic Pali

35 videos based on Pali Primer by Lily De Silva

 

Master of Divinity and Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Programs

For those interested in Spiritual Care from a Buddhist perspective, these programs offer relevant degrees and certifications.

 

MDiv in Buddhist Studies

The Master of Divinity degree prepares people for professional work in the fields of pastoral care, Buddhist chaplaincy and/or interfaith chaplaincy.

University

Location

URL

Institute of Buddhist Studies

Berkeley, CA

http://www.shin-ibs.edu/degrees/MDiv/

University of the West

Rosemead, CA

http://www.uwest.edu/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125&Itemid=165

Naropa University

Boulder, CO

http://www.naropa.edu/academics/shis/grad/master-of-divinity/index.php

 

Master of Pastoral Care and Counseling

University

Location

URL

New York Theological Seminary and Zen Center for Contemplative Care

New  York City

http://zencare.org/contemplative-care-training-program/professional-cpe-buddhist-chaplaincy-

training

 

MDiv Buddhist Ministry

University

Location

URL

Harvard Divinity School

Cambridge, MA

 http://www.hds.harvard.edu/academics/buddhist-ministry-initiative

 

Master of Theological Studies in Buddhist Studies

University

Location

URL

Harvard Divinity School

Cambridge, MA

http://www.hds.harvard.edu/academics/degree-programs/mts-program/mts-areas-of-focus

 

Non-degree Buddhist chaplaincy programs

These programs can be part of the training required to prepare be a professional Buddhist chaplain.

Organization

Location

URL

Notes

Institute of Buddhist Studies

Berkeley, CA

The certificate program can be added to a Masters degree

Sati Center

Redwood City, CA

Partnered with IBS to offer graduate school credits

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

New York City

http://zencare.org/contemplative-care-training-program/professional-cpe-buddhist-chaplaincy-training

Accredited Professional Chaplaincy Training

 

Upaya Institute

Santa Fe, NM

http://www.upaya.org/training/chaplaincy/

The two-year program is recognized by the Assoc. of Professional Chaplains as the equivalent of 48 graduate school units.