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Department of Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Studies is an academic discipline that studies the Buddhist understanding of human existence and proposes how humanity can live together in harmony. The students in this department study all aspects of Buddhism, including its philosophy, history and culture, with the aim of developing their sensibilities to observe and empathize with others.

“Why do humans suffer?” This is the fundamental question of Buddhist Studies. This question arises when we come face to face with the “suffering” of others and empathize with their suffering. For this reason, during their first year, the students not only study the fundamentals of Buddhism in the classrooms, but also participate in various educational programs outside the classroom so that the problem of suffering becomes an actual concern for them.

From the second year, the students continue with their studies in the course that best corresponds to their respective interests. In their fourth year, they complete their graduation theses, making full use of the guidance provided in the classrooms and resources gathered in the Comprehensive Research Room and the library.

◆Buddhist Thought Course 【new!】
◆Contemporary Buddhism Course 【new!】
◆Buddhism in our Time Course
 (Course available to students enrolled prior to the 2017 academic term)
◆Culture and Art of Buddhism Course
 (Course available to students enrolled prior to the 2017 academic term)

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