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Module 1 of An Introduction to Buddhism

Welcome to OBU's Introduction to Buddhism!

Photo by Ailiajameel, CC BY-SA 4.0

Are you excited? Nervous?

Well, I’m excited too! But there’s no need to be nervous.

  1. There are no grades at OBU
  2. And all our assignments are optional.

As an Open Access institution, we believe in student-driven learning and work to empower you.

Office Hours

If you would like to get in touch with the instructor, please feel free to send me an email. You can connect with other students of Early Buddhism at the SuttaCentral Forum

Course Structure

This course will proceed in 14 modules.

Each module is a self-contained unit and contains assigned readings together with a lecture and some reflection questions. It’s recommended that you do the modules in order, doing about two modules per week as your schedule permits.

Since this course will take at least a few weeks to complete, please take a moment now to bookmark this page. Perhaps share the link with a friend so you can find it later!

Course Outline

The 15 modules (including this one) will proceed as follows:

  1. Welcome
  2. Hearing the Dharma
  3. Arousing Mindfulness
  4. Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem
  5. Cultivating Love
  6. Seeing the Four Noble Truths
  7. Entering the Path
  8. Understanding Karma
  9. Refining the Mind
  10. Deconstructing the Self
  11. Facing our Problems
  12. Integrating the Path
  13. Widening our Perspective
  14. Living Well
  15. Creating a Better Tomorrow

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