Buddhism is a religion which has a variety of traditions and belief which were are based on the teachings of Buddha. The religion first originated in Ancient India from where it spread to Asia and slowly declined in India. Today about 7% of the entire global population is Buddhist, and it is the fourth largest religion in the world. Based on the path to liberation and various teaching of the Buddha there are different Buddhist schools.
Practicing Buddhism means that you need to take refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and the Sangha. You also need to study the Buddhist scripts, have a moral character. You must renounce all the riches of the world and craving of the world. You also cannot be attached to anyone or anything other than Buddha. You must cultivate the knowledge and wisdom of Buddhism and also be kind.
The primary goal in the Theravada is attaining the state of Nirvana and cessation of things which could stop you from becoming a Buddhist. The Theravada is quite famous in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. In Mahayana, the primary focus is on achieving Buddhahood by the path of a bodhisattva. It is the state where one remains in the state of rebirth and help others to awaken.
Buddhism is a great religion, and you can learn a lot about peace and calmness in their scripts. So, if you keep to find out more about the religion and the Buddhist then the following are some of the best colleges for Buddhist studies:
- California Institute of Integral Studies.
- The Graduate Theological Union.
- Central University for Tibetan Studies.
- Gautam Buddha University…
California Institute of Integral Studies:
The California Institute of Integral Studies founded in the year 1968 is a non-profit university which is based in San Francesco. There is about four school in the University and the degrees offered at the California Institute of Integral Studies are M.A in Asian Philosophies and cuisines, M.A. in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion, Ph.D. in Asian Philosophies and Cultures and various other courses.
Graduate Theological Union:
The Graduate Theological Union is an association of eight private American schools in which seven of them are in California. The Graduate Theological Union was founded in the year 1962. The courses offered in the University are M.A in Buddhist studies and Ph.D. in Buddhist studies.
Central University for Tibetan Studies:
The university is in the country where Buddhism originated. The Central University for Tibetan Studies located at Sarnath, Varanasi, India was established in the year 1967 and was founded by the first prime minister of India, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru. The university was started with the aim of educating the current generation about Buddhism. The University also offers courses in Tibetan Medicine, astrology, and fine arts.
Gautam Buddha University:
The Gautam Buddha University located in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India was founded in the year 2002. The University has many academic programs in Buddhism. Both post graduate and research level programs get provided in this college. There are many academic collaborations and foreign exchange programs in the Gautam Buddha University.