The Open Buddhist University organizes content from across the Web into free, self-directed syllabi on a variety of topics in Buddhist Studies.

About Our Courses

We currently offer 16 courses on the fundamentals of Buddhism.
Note: None of our courses offer degrees or certificates and therefore they don’t require any enrollment. Just click a card below to begin!


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Interactive Components

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Our Courses

External Courses

Courses hosted on other websites.

Open Courseware @MIT

OBU Courses are loosely modeled on MIT’s Open Courseware, which have provided free syllabi and other course materials for a large number of their Undergraduate and Graduate-level courses since 2001. For OBU Students, I especially recommend checking out:

  • The Challenge of World Poverty
    • To understand the drivers, traps, and opportunities for global poverty with Nobel Laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo.
  • The Rise of Modern Science
    • To break down the ahistorical mythology of modern science by taking a closer look at its primary sources.