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Course Description

The worldwide resurgence of interest in Buddhist philosophy demonstrates that its ideals of logic, individualism, tolerance and freedom have appeal in the 21st century. Of the four major religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam, Buddhism alone makes no attempt to convert others or to persecute those whose beliefs are different.  Its message of nonviolence and personal responsibility may be needed more now than ever.

This course examines the known historical facts of the Buddha's life. His teachings are introduced, including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment, and the Five Noble Precepts. Participants will learn the nature of Karma, and the distinction between Rebirth in Buddhist philosophy and reincarnation as it is envisioned in Hinduism and other religions.  Participants will analyze the history of Buddhist philosophy in the 2500 years since its inception and the differences among the three main branches into which Buddhism has evolved. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the nature of Nirvana and Enlightenment, and the distinction between the two.  This course will also provide an overview of Buddhism as it becomes increasingly influential in the modern world, including the areas of art, architecture, science, politics, and culture.

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Who Was the Buddha?

This lesson will examine some of the facts and legends about the life of the Buddha. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Buddha; The Buddha
  • Take Poll: Buddhism Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Who Was the Buddha?

Lesson 2: The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism

This lesson will examine the basis of Buddha's teaching of the Four Noble Truths, the core philosophy and practice of Buddhism. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Essentials of Buddhism
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism

Lesson 3: The Eightfold Path

This lesson will present the structure and sequence of the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: The Eightfold Path
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: The Eightfold Path

Lesson 4: The Five Precepts

This lesson will teach the five moral precepts of Buddhist practice. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Questions and Answers; The Five Precepts
  • Take Poll: Five Precepts
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: The Five Precepts

Lesson 5: Karma

This lesson will explore the topic of Karma. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Karma; The Theory of Karma
  • Take Poll: Karma
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Karma

Lesson 6: The Cycle of Birth

This lesson will explore the Buddhist view of the cycle of rebirth. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Rebirth
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: The Cycle of Birth

Lesson 7: The History of Buddhism

This lesson offers an overview of the history of Buddhism around the world. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Buddhism History; The History of Buddhism
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: The History of Buddhism

Lesson 8: Buddhist Art and Architecture

This lesson will provide an overview of Buddhist art and architecture. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Buddhist Art and Architecture; Tibetan Buddhist Art
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Buddhist Art and Architecture

Lesson 9: Roots and Branches

This lesson discusses the philosophical differences between some of the branches of Buddhism 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Organization of Buddhism; Three Branches of Buddhism
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Roots and Branches

Lesson 10: Nirvana

This lesson will analyze the concept of Nirvana. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Nirvana; What is Nirvana?
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Nirvana

Lesson 11: Modern Buddhism

This lesson will examine the impact of Buddhism on modern life. 80 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Buddhism Culture; The Dalai Lama
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Modern Buddhism
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know who Buddha is.
  • Describe The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, the Eightfold Path, and the Five Precepts.
  • Define and recognize karma.
  • Describe the cycle of birth.
  • Know the history of Buddhism.
  • Describe Buddhist art and architecture.
  • Describe roots and branches of Buddhism.
  • Define nirvana, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Buddhism 101
Course Number: 8900294
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Student Testimonials

  • "All the readings were appropriate as were the assignments. Thanks so much for the timeliness of your feedback." -- Kathleen S.
  • "Very nicely done. Much of the information I read came together more clearly for me through the required essays. Thank you! I was looking for an overall understanding of Buddhism. This class did provide that, and more. The most helpful areas were the actual teachings of the Buddha." -- BARBARA P.
  • "The instructor was very in-depth when grading assignments. She added the information that would have made my assignment more well rounded and it taught me to read and review before completing. Thank you." -- Pam N.

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