University of the West is offering an online certificate program covering Buddhism and its application in daily life. This program is designed for those who are interested in Buddhism and Buddhist leadership in practice. Buddhists, non-Buddhists, beginners and advanced students in Buddhism are welcome.

Schedule for courses

Summer 2011 (Aug 16, 2011 ~ Oct 26, 2011)
HBL100 “Introduction to the Study of Buddhism”: Aug 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26
Lecturer: Dr. Lewis Lancaster

Fall 2011 (Oct 5, 2011 ~ Dec 21, 2011)
HBL200 “Introduction to Dunhuang Studies”: Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23
Lecturer: Dr. Darui Long

Spring 2012 (Jan 31, 2012 ~ Apr 20, 2012)
HBL250 “Buddhist Leadership in Practice”: Jan 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 13, 20
Lecturer: Dr. Ven. Jue Ji and Mr. Roger Lu

The courses will be offered from 6:00pm – 7:30pm (Pacific Standard Time) on campus and online. Live sessions take place at the specified dates/times listed above.

For those who are at a distance or have conflicting scheduling, the class meetings will be made available via a live private video webconference. This is the time for live interaction with the lecturer and your fellow students. The sessions are recorded, processed, then made available the next day. Since videos take time to process, convert, then upload, there is a turnaround time of about 24 hours. The videos can then be replayed via a link in the Course Management System. To log in, you will receive a username/password and granted access when you are registered for the class.

To get the best experience out of the course, participation is recommended and encouraged. Students will only truly benefit from the classes with direct interaction from peer students and the lecturer.

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