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Aspirations
Helping Zen students WAKE UP to their True Nature.

School Precepts:
• Keeping a clear mind
• Truth and reliability
• Great Love/Great Compassion
• Save all beings from suffering

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2014 Class Schedule

Summer Break 

Sep 3- Oct 1, 2014

Fall Quarter 

Oct 2 - Dec 3, 2014

Fall Break 

Dec 4 - Dec 31, 2014

Winter Quarter 

Jan 2 - Mar 4, 2015

Winter Break 

Mar 5 - Apr 7, 2015

Spring Quarter 

Apr 8 - Jun 3, 2015

Spring Break 

Jun 4 - Jul 1, 2015

Summer Quarter 

Jul 1 - Sep 2, 2015

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  • BDUWelcome to the Buddha Dharma University Student Portal

    Buddha Dharma University is the Five Mountain Buddhist Seminary under the direction of the Five Mountain Zen Order founded in 2008 by Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma and Ven. Dr. Sunyananda Dharma, in an attempt to bridge the void of location and accessibility by utilizing modern technology to reach potential seekers in all corners of the globe. They chose the tag line, "A Monastery Without Walls," because this new organization would not be constrained by traditional limitations found with fixed locations. Buddha Dharma University began serving the Buddhist community as the College of Zen Buddhist Studies and the Buddhist Studies Institute - Los Angeles. These two schools were consolidated in January of 2013 under the banner of Buddha Dharma University

    The Buddhist Studies Institute - Los Angeles, in its original manifestation, was founded on January 7, 1973 by The Most Venerable Dr. Thích Thiên-Ân as the International Buddhist Training Institute, at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in Los Angeles, California. As an autonomous division of the University of Oriental Studies, the International Buddhist Training Institute was conceived with the specified purpose of offering Western-style seminary training to Buddhist monastics from around the world, whilst not neglecting the inherent experiential nature of Buddhist monastic training, in favor of secular-slanted academia.

    In celebration of its 41st anniversary, Buddha Dharma University returns to its original roots of being a full-service Graduate Seminary, providing world-class training and education that bridges East and West. Ours is one of the few Buddhist institutions in the world to make full use of online distance-education opportunities, providing our students with a convenient, affordable, and unique Buddhist training experience. Currently Dr. Wonji serves as the Chancellor while Dr. Sunyananda serves as the Dean of Students.
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Course categories

Administration / Commons 

001 - Site Commons Area 
 COM000 - Site CommonsSummary
 COM001 - Buddha Dharma University LibrarySummary
 ADM001 - Administration Commons
Graduate School 

500 - Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Buddhist Ministry 

500 - Liturgical Studies 
 LIT501 - Chanting Practicum OneSummary
 LIT502 - Chanting Practicum TwoSummary
 LIT503 - Meditation Practicum OneSummary
 LIT504 - Meditation Practicum TwoSummary
 LIT505 - Buddhist CeremoniesSummary
 LIT506 - Buddhist Homiletics (not active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 LIT507 - Buddhist Precepts Summary
 LIT508 - The Vinaya (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary

510 - Buddhist Studies 
 BST511 - The Life of the Buddha Summary
 BST512 - Buddhism Beyond ReligionSummary
 BST513 - Spiritual Materialism (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 BST514 - Korean Buddhism (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 BST515 - Intro to Zen BuddhismSummary
 BST516 - Mirror of ZenSummary
 BST517 - Dropping Ashes on the BuddhaSummary
 BST518 - Compass of Zen Summary
 BST519 - Foundational BuddhismSummary

520 - Buddhist General Interest 
 BGI521 - Zen and Modern FilmSummary
 BGI522 - Zen PoetrySummary

530 - Sūtra Studies 
 SUT531 - Platform SūtraSummary
 SUT532 - Heart Sūtra (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 SUT533 - Diamond SūtraSummary
 SUT534 - Śūraṅgama Sūtra (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 SUT535 - Perfect Enlightenment SūtraSummary
 SUT536 - Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 SUT537 - Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary

540 - Buddhist Discipline & Ethics 
 BET541 - Buddhist Ethics Summary
 BET542 - Buddhist Pastoral Care & Counseling (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 BET543 - Huayan BuddhismSummary
 BET544 - Buddhist Psychology (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 BET545 - Buddhist Monastic CodeSummary

550 - Historical Zen Masters 
 HZM551 - Bodhidharma - the Man, the Myth, the LegendSummary
 HZM552 - Chán Master HuangboSummary
 HZM553 - Chán Master Dahui (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 HZM554 - Chán Master MǎzŭSummary
 BPH555 - Seon Master T'aego (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary

560 - Korean Buddhist Studies 
 KBS561 - Hwaŏm I: The Mainstream Tradition (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 KBS562 - Wonhyo: Selected Works (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 KBS563 - Hyujeong: Selected Works (Not Active)This course requires an enrolment keySummary

570 - Religious Studies 
 REL571 - Beyond Conceptual Thought

590 - Masters Thesis 
 MTH591 - BDU Course DevelopmentSummary
 MTH592 - Adv. Research and Study of BuddhismSummary
 MTH597 - Thesis I (Proposal)Summary
 MTH598 - Thesis II (Material & Format)Summary
 MTH599 - Thesis III (Oral Defense)Summary

600 - Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Buddhist Studies 

620 - Korean Buddhist Studies 
 KBS626 - Eminent Korean Buddhist MonksThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 KBS621 - Chinul Selected WorksThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 KBS622 - Hwaŏm II: Selected WorksThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 KBS623 - Doctrinal Treatises: Selected WorksThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 KBS624 - Gongan Collections IIThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 KBS625 - Seon DialoguesThis course requires an enrolment keySummary

DDS690 - Doctoral Dissertation 
 DDS691 - Advanced Research MethodologyThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 DDS692 - Adv. Research and Study of BuddhismThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 DDS697 - Dissertation I (Proposal)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 DDS698 - Dissertation II (Material & Format)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
 DDS699 - Dissertation III (Oral Defense)This course requires an enrolment keySummary
Course Archives 

2014 Calendar Year Courses 

2014 Quarter 3 
 Q3-14-LIT502 - Chanting Practicum TwoThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-LIT503 - Meditation Practicum OneThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-LIT504 - Meditation Practicum TwoThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-LIT505 - Buddhist CeremoniesThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-LIT507 - Buddhist PreceptsThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-BST511 - The Life of the BuddhaThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-BST512 - Buddhism Beyond ReligionThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-BST515 - Intro to Zen BuddhismThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-BST516 - Mirror of ZenThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-BST517 - Dropping Ashes on the BuddhaThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-BST518 - Compass of ZenThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-BST519 - Foundational BuddhismThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-BGI521 - Zen and Modern FilmThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-SUT531 - Platform SūtraThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-SUT533 - Diamond SūtraThis course requires an enrolment keySummary
 Q3-14-SUT535 - Perfect Enlightenment SūtraThis course requires an enrolment keySummary