Though already leaked in another thread, today I’m happy to formally announce the creation of not one but six
online “courses” in Buddhism:
[EDIT: In response to the feedback on this thread and elsewhere, I’ve made a new website for these courses. If you prefer that format to the Google Docs linked below, you can find them here]
The Early Buddhist Texts
The Forms of Buddhism
The Function of Buddhism
The Majjhima Nikaya
- where the “” marks the two courses I’m especially proud of
But don’t worry: while these courses were compiled by yours truly, they are taught by actual scholars like Bhikkhu Bodhi and Bhante @sujato.
Please feel free to check them out at your leisure and send me any feedback you have. I hope reading them is as useful for your studies as compiling them has been for mine!
Changes to the Library
These courses and some other changes (discussed below) mark a significant step forward (conceptually if not practically) for my library (originally announced here) towards the eventual goal of providing a free curriculum for Buddhist studies. While still quite far from that goal, this version represents a big enough step towards it that I have decided to call it “v2”
In addition to beginning to write formal course outlines for the more mature folders, a large amount of content (hundreds of files!) have been added since v1. The most significant additions since v1.3 being:
The Mahayana folder now has folders on Tibetan and Japanese Buddhism, Chan literature and more.
I somehow missed Vinaya Studies completely, so I (finally) have added a folder for that!
The Philosophy folder was renovated, with new content added for its course, and new subfolders added on Epistemology and Hermeneutics, Karma and Rebirth, and Supramundane Right View.
A folder on the Abhidhamma has been added to the Theravada.
And last but not least, I have created a Library Catalog to the (now “meta”) top-level folder, listing the files and folders across the whole library. I hope it will facilitate search, orientation, and downloading… or at the very least give a sense of the Library’s scope.
~ The Librarian