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Könchok Thrinley
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Hi,

I have been wondering. Anybody knows about some good study program where one could enroll and have courses on different topics? Basically a university, but mostly online as now it is impossible to travel and in the future I might be still staying in one place.

I found this: http://www.buddhadharmauniversity.org/c ... s-cbs.html

Are there any others? Some that are quite good and more connected with Tibetan Buddhism?
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https://www.edx.org/learn/buddhism

Sometimes these course are heavily discounted. Held at reputable schools.

FWIW the Tibetan course at Columbia is free right now. Starts today.

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Look at your own mind when it's in a negative state.

Look at the sufferings of others: how pervasive suffering is, what it would feel like if you were affected by them.

Spend time with those who are likely to suffer the most: the homeless, the poor, the marginalized, the disabled, the ugly, etc. Don't ignore their suffering.

That's the best "university" that could exist for a Buddhist. Read Shantideva and Tsongkhapa (or other masters) for the fine points, if you're interested in the Mahayana, and implement what they teach. Everything else is just samsaric games that enlarge the ego and feed delusion.
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Get a Wisdom Experience membership. Seriously, lots of excellent courses and stuff to read, especially if you pay the full membership. Even the lowest level gives access to a fair amount of stuff I think.
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Second the Wisdom Experience.

My reservation, however, is that there are no basic courses. Even Garfield's three courses on Buddhist Philosophy starts at a pretty advanced level and go very quickly.

It would be nice to see courses that start with absolute baby steps... Who is the Buddha? What did he teach? How does one practice? And that last one at a nuts and bolts level - "This is how you set up an altar, this is how you make an offering, this is how you recite liturgies... " etc. I realize that these can be very different from tradition to tradition and even teacher to teacher.

Hint hint to content makers out there...
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Upaya Chapter

純一実相。実相外。更無別法。法性寂然名止。寂而常渉照名観。
There is only reality; there is nothing separate from reality. The naturally tranquil nature of dharmas is shamatha. The abiding luminosity of tranquility is vipashyana.

-From Guanding's Introduction to Zhiyi's Great Shamatha and Vipashyana
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Queequeg wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:05 pm Second the Wisdom Experience.

My reservation, however, is that there are no basic courses. Even Garfield's three courses on Buddhist Philosophy starts at a pretty advanced level and go very quickly.

It would be nice to see courses that start with absolute baby steps... Who is the Buddha? What did he teach? How does one practice? And that last one at a nuts and bolts level - "This is how you set up an altar, this is how you make an offering, this is how you recite liturgies... " etc. I realize that these can be very different from tradition to tradition and even teacher to teacher.

Hint hint to content makers out there...
Sravasti Abbey's SAFE courses are a very gentle introduction. I did two modules and recommend them to new comers.
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Queequeg wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:05 pm Second the Wisdom Experience.

My reservation, however, is that there are no basic courses. Even Garfield's three courses on Buddhist Philosophy starts at a pretty advanced level and go very quickly.

It would be nice to see courses that start with absolute baby steps... Who is the Buddha? What did he teach? How does one practice? And that last one at a nuts and bolts level - "This is how you set up an altar, this is how you make an offering, this is how you recite liturgies... " etc. I realize that these can be very different from tradition to tradition and even teacher to teacher.

Hint hint to content makers out there...
Plenty of the books are like that, and it looks like some of the one-off courses might be to me. With the multi-part courses though, you're right, there are not many "beginner" type offerings.
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Here's the course I was recommending. 10 courses (modules) each 12 weeks long:

https://sravastiabbey.org/learn-meditat ... -learning/
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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's school, Nitartha Institute.

https://nitarthainstitute.org/
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