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Harvard Now Providing An Online Course On Buddhism That You Can Take For Free

Have you wanted to learn about Buddhism, but, you had no access to information, so you put it in the back of your mind?

You are in luck. Harvard University has made a new course in the religion available online for free. Money usually is the contributing cause to why many don’t follow through with travel or education. Those two are what drive up the quality of living and improves lives, yet when it comes to education, at least, there isn’t a doubt that the college debt crisis has reached a high. 

In the United States, student loan debt has tripled to $1.23 trillion. This number makes learning just to learn and not to start a career seem silly, and certainly a luxury few can afford, but this disassociation from learning to enrich as opposed to get rich is a modern tragedy, making Harvard University’s decision to make a great course on Buddhism available online for free so noteworthy.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in college, thinking about college, or have already been to college: There’s something incredibly empowering about educating yourself on something simply because you find it interesting; because you want to expand your knowledge; because… it’s FREE!

The “Buddhism Through Its Scriptures” course at Harvard has been archived, meaning its not interactive anymore, but all of its lecture and supplemental materials are accessible upon registration. The class is taught by Professor Charles Hallisey from Harvard’s Divinity School, who also is the Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures. 

The introduction of this course is meant to fit the needs of those who want to learn about the religion as well as the knowledge practitioner. This 4-week course is designed to be over 6-10 hours a week. Professor Hallisey says that he hopes the course will attract people of “diverse backgrounds” in order to “interact constructively around topics that too often divide us.”

His philosophy is inviting as the idea that the course is free: Rather than impart the “right” interpretation of Buddhist scriptures, he hopes the course gives people tools to practice open-mindedness, which will teach them to accept and understand different perspectives.

In Professor Hallisey’s syllabus, it elaborates on his ways of approaching the course of Buddhism, saying: “When we turn to the Buddhist heritages for help in answering some questions that we bring to the study of Buddhist scriptures, we open ourselves to the possibility of not only learning about Buddhism, but also learning from Buddhism.

This openness to learning from Buddhists is not in the sense of saying that a Buddhist interpretation is automatically the “right” interpretation. Rather, it is to see that Buddhists themselves have thought about many of the same questions that we bring to Buddhist scriptures, and many of the same questions that we have about ourselves, as persons, and about this world in which we find ourselves.”

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