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Thomas Amundsen
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Distance Learning

Post by Thomas Amundsen » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:18 am

There is already a thread about "Buddhist Universities/Buddhist Studies" but how about places that offer distance learning? I've come across some things on the web, but not exactly what I'm looking for. Namdrol's Abhidharma class at Rime Shedrub Ling was nice, and he's continuing with other texts. But it's quite limited to only a couple classes a year. Then there is http://www.shedra.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, but the online classes there aren't as technical as what I'm looking for.

Does anyone have recommendations for online dharma learning? Preferably Tibetan-oriented, but you can post others for the interest of all.

Thanks!

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Re: Distance Learning

Post by justsit » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:31 am

Nitartha Institute. Some great online classes coming up.

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Re: Distance Learning

Post by zerwe » Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:30 am

I think that FPMT's Basic program might meet the level your are looking for.
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Re: Distance Learning

Post by Mr. G » Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:28 pm

justsit wrote:Nitartha Institute. Some great online classes coming up.
This looks really awesome justsit. Just wondering though if the material used has a Kagyu slant to it though. I was referring to these self-paced courses:

http://www.nitarthainstitute.org/progra ... nced.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Distance Learning

Post by Mr. G » Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:29 pm

tomamundsen wrote:Namdrol's Abhidharma class at Rime Shedrub Ling was nice, and he's continuing with other texts. But it's quite limited to only a couple classes a year.
Yes...more classes please! There should be quarter semesters! :smile:
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Re: Distance Learning

Post by justsit » Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:47 pm

Mr. G wrote:
justsit wrote:Nitartha Institute. Some great online classes coming up.
This looks really awesome justsit. Just wondering though if the material used has a Kagyu slant to it though. I was referring to these self-paced courses:

http://www.nitarthainstitute.org/progra ... nced.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The required and recommended texts seem to have Kagyu origins, not sure how the class material is presented.
Anything taught by Karl is worth your time and $ - he is clear, concise, approachable, and his knowledge is vast. I haven't had personal experience with Acharya Lama T., but am confident if he is teaching at Nitartha he is fully qualified.
You could probably email Nitartha for more details on those classes.

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Re: Distance Learning

Post by Dave The Seeker » Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:02 pm

I am taking the course "Discovering Buddhism" from FPMT but the book/dvd/cd version.
The internet hookup out here is way to slow to do an online class (a 2 min youtube vid takes 45+ min to load lol).
But the material is not hard to understand, and I've always got my friends here to help me if I don't understand a topic or subject :twothumbsup:


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Re: Distance Learning

Post by Tewi » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:08 am

The Ranjung Yeshe Institute (Kathmandu, Kagyu/Nyingma):

http://www.shedra.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Istituto Lama Tsongkhapa (Tuscany, Gelugpa):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ILTK" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Asian Classics Institute (New York, Gelugpa) (NB: run by the controversial Geshe Michael Roach):

http://acidharma.org/aci/online/onlinefr.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Dharmakirti College (Tucson, Arizona, Drikung Kagyu):

http://www.dharmakirti.org/dc_online_courses.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Institute of Buddhist Studies (Berkeley GTU, Taego Son):

http://www.taegozen.net/taegoseminary.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

World Buddhist University (Thailand, Theravada):

http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma10/wbu.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Damrivi Foundation (Colombo, Sri Lanka, Theravada):

http://www.damrivi.net" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Universal Life Church Seminary (Modesto, California, follows Rev. Kirby Hensley):

http://www.ulcseminary.org/buddhism.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Distance Learning

Post by Tewi » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:42 am

International Buddhist College (Thailand, non-sectarian):

http://ibc.ac.th/en/node/215" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Hamburg University, Center for Buddhist Studies:

http://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg. ... ctures.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Vipashina Buddhist College (California, Ayurveda--this one is possibly a scam):

http://www.nalanda-university.com/buddh ... yclopedia/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Distance Learning

Post by Tewi » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:20 am

Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada:

http://www.bcc.ca/ldc/correspondence.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

University of the West (Rosemead, California, Foguangshan):

http://www.uwest.edu/site/index.php?opt ... Itemid=390" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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