• A tribute to Master Hsing Yun recorded in September 2012 by former University of the West President Dr. Lewis Lancaster.

  • This courses introduces the history and foundations of Buddhism. From Theravada to Mahayana to current traditions. Buddhism, like Christianity is composed of many traditions whose developments can be traced to the interpretations of the Buddha's teaching to the influences of local community beliefs.

    This course consists of 8 lectures, was developed by Dr. Lewis Lancaster in 2012 and is part of the Humanistic Buddhism & Leadership Certificate offered through the Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies and the Office of Extended Studies.

    This is a self-directed class (no instructor) that is managed by the Office of Extended Studies, and students work at their own pace. Upon successfully completing this class, the enrolled student will earn 1.0 continuing education unit (CEU). Students who want to earn a Certificate of Completion have the option of taking an exam or submitting a short research paper.

  • Spread of BuddhsimThis course discusses the spread of Buddhism throughout East Asia, and the socio-political hurdles of the 19th and 20th centuries it faced in order to remain relevant. Shortly after The Buddha’s final Nirvana, schism appeared that became the foundations to the many different traditions found in today Buddhist world. This course also attempts to look into the future and the place of Buddhism in that future.


  • Some archeologists believe that art developed before speech. It was, according to these scholars, easier to draw an animal than to give it a name. While there is no definitive proof to settle this argument, it is known that art plays a very important role in "telling" a story. The Dunhuang caves play a critical role in telling the story of the Buddha, his teachings, followers, to a population who were illiterate.

    This course consists of 8 lectures, was developed by Dr. Darui Long in 2012 and is part of the Humanistic Buddhism & Leadership Certificate offered through the Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies and the Office of Extended Studies.

    This is a self-directed class (no instructor) that is managed by the Office of Extended Studies, and students work at their own pace. Upon successfully completing this class, the enrolled student will earn 1.0 continuing education unit (CEU). Students who want to earn a Certificate of Completion have the option of taking an exam or submitting a short research paper.


  • With the establishment of Buddhist sanghas or communities, and the evolvement of those communities in temples, created the need for effective management and leadership. However, instead of a corporate environment, the temples were managed and maintained by monastics; often with an abbot in charge. This course discusses Buddhist teachings and philosophies by applying to current management and leadership concepts.

    This course consists of 8 lectures, was developed by Dr. Venerable Jue Ji and Mr. Roger Lu in 2012 and is part of the Humanistic Buddhism & Leadership Certificate offered through the Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies and the Office of Extended Studies.

    This is a self-directed class (no instructor) that is managed by the Office of Extended Studies, and students work at their own pace. Upon successfully completing this class, the enrolled student will earn 1.0 continuing education unit (CEU). Students who want to earn a Certificate of Completion have the option of taking an exam or submitting a short research paper.


  • One of the most important concepts of Buddhism is that of Emptiness. Often misunderstood, the term is at the heart of Buddhist teaching. In these lectures, we explore how to interpret the information found in the famous Perfection of Wisdom literature. At the same time, it is important to understand that the doctrine can be seen through the lens of modern approaches to science, cognition, and philosophical discourse.

    This course is based on the eight lectures delivered by Dr. Lewis Lancaster in June, 2013 at the University of the West as part of the ICBS Summer 2013 Lecture Series.

    Those who successfully complete this course will earn a Certificate of Completion worth 1.0 Continuing Education Units. For more information, contact the Office of Extended Studies at extendedstudies@uwest.edu