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Both learning a new religion and paying for college courses can be extremely difficult for the average person, especially in today’s society, but individuals that are interested in learning Buddhism are in much luck because Harvard University is now offering a wonderful and best of all, free, online course on Buddhism.
Harvard Now Offering Free Buddhism Course Online
The college debt crisis has reached a perpetual high: a staggering $1.23 trillion in student loan debt is owed in the United States alone. This amount has tripled in recent years and has made the essential, precious enrichment of education a luxury to most. In this regard, Harvard University’s offering of a free Buddhism course, “Buddhism Through Its Scriptures”, online is extremely unique and remarkable.
Unfortunately, the “Buddhism Through Its Scriptures” course is no longer up and running as an enrollable class. However, all of the valuable lecture and auxiliary material is still accessible to curious, eager individuals. The course was taught by Professor Charles Hallisey from Harvard’s Divinity School, who is also the Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures. It was created to accommodate the needs of an absolute beginner of the religion, in addition to the more advanced master. The course is made to be completed over 6-10 hours per week.
Professor Hallisay says he hopes the course will reach people of “diverse backgrounds” in order to “interact constructively around topics that too often divide us.” The professor’s ideology of the course is just as enticing as an entirely free religion course at a prestigious, Ivy-League school: Instead of transmitting the “right” explanation of Buddhist scriptures, Hallisay hopes that the course provides people with the tools to engage in open-mindedness, which will then teach them to become more accepting and understanding of different perspectives.
Hallisey continues to expand on his original approach to teaching the course on Buddhism in his syllabus which states:
“When we turn to the Buddhist heritages for help in answering some questions that we bring to the study of Buddhist scriptures, we open ourselves to the possibility of not only learning about Buddhism but also learning from Buddhism. This openness to learning from Buddhists is not in the sense of saying that a Buddhist interpretation is automatically the “right” interpretation. Rather, it is to see that Buddhists themselves have thought about many of the same questions that we bring to Buddhist scriptures, and many of the same questions that we have about ourselves, as persons, and about this world in which we find ourselves.”
Interested? Register here: https://www.edx.org/course/buddhism-through-its-scriptures-harvardx-hds3221-3x