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Buddhism Through Its Scriptures

Charles Hallisey, Alexis Bader, Harvard University

5 mins

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This course from Harvard University and edX explores Buddhism through its scriptures, introducing ways to interpret and reflect upon the teachings of Buddha to help you live a more enlightened life.

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Buddhism Through Its Scriptures

Buddhism Through Its Scriptures

by Charles Hallisey

Overview

Buddhism is one of the most diverse religions in the world. Buddhist meditation techniques and contemplative practices are renowned, and its search for enlightenment has inspired countless people to live happier, more fulfilling lives.

In Buddhism Through Its Scripture, Dr. Charles Hallisey and Alexis Bader will teach you how to interpret the teachings of Buddhism from a personal and academic viewpoint. Hallisey is a Professor at Harvard Divinity School and the Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures. He is an expert in religion, Sanskrit, and Indian studies. Bader is a doctoral student in Buddhist Studies at Harvard, researching the application of literary theory to analyze language in Buddhist scriptures.

In this course, you will learn about Buddhism's diverse cultural background and how its followers achieve enlightenment through the practice of meditation and chanting.

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Everybody, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, has the potential to lead a peaceful, meaningful life. We must explore as far as we can how that can be brought about.

- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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