Buddhism Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Take the online Buddhism Course and you will gain insight and understanding on the subject of Buddhism, its founder - Buddha - and how this ancient philosophy has grown to become a worldwide concept on how to reflect inwardly and nurture mindful kindness towards others.

By enrolling on this Diploma in Buddhist Studies, you will learn about the history of Buddha and his personal journey to Enlightenment. You will see that he took his own difficult journey to emotional freedom of mind, body and spirit and that through his own experiences he formed a philosophy, which was his personal pathway to freedom or Nirvana.

There are many scriptures or canons, with long descriptions of Buddha’s teachings; over the centuries, these have been distilled down to simple guiding philosophies or ‘disciplines’, which are commonly practised in all Buddhist monastic communities. While these disciplines can seem slightly daunting to learn, it is worth taking the time to study his main teachings of The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Pathway, both of which are covered in the Buddhism Diploma Course, because they form the basis of his teachings in a much more simplified fashion.

Along with these teachings, you’ll learn about the three aspects of Buddhism, known as ‘The Three Jewels’, the Three Universal Truths, the core beliefs of Buddhists, and the power of meditation and mindfulness. You’ll also study two of Buddhism’s figureheads - the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh - and gain an understanding of their roles.

As this course provides an introduction to Buddhism, we have kept the content as simple as possible to form the basis of what you can then use as a foundation to further research and learning, should you choose to. We have included several practical exercises so that you can experience the teachings personally and see the impact they have on your daily life.

Buddhism Diploma Course

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Introduction: What is Buddhism?
  • Part 2: A Key Buddhist Practice: Meditation
  • Part 3: Mastering the Mind
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Buddha’s Childhood
  • Part 2: The Four Passing Sights – Buddha’s First Discoveries
  • Part 3: The Enlightenment of the Buddha
  • Part 4: The Last Words of the Buddha
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Buddha: The First Of The Three Jewels
  • Part 2: The Dharma: The Second Of The Three Jewels
  • Part 3: The Sangha: The Third Of The Three Jewels
  • Part 4: Taking Refuge: What Does This Mean?
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Anicca: Impermanence, Everything Changes
  • Part 2: Dukkha: All Living Things Suffer
  • Part 3: Anatta: No Self/Ego
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: The First Noble Truth
  • Part 2: The Second Noble Truth
  • Part 3: The Third Noble Truth
  • Part 4: The Fourth Noble Truth
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is the Eightfold Path?
  • Part 2: Ethical Conduct
  • Part 3: Mental Discipline
  • Part 4: Wisdom
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Meditation
  • Part 2: How the Mind Can Work Against Us
  • Part 3: Mindfulness
  • Part 4: Happiness is a Mindset
  • Part 5: The Ego: How it Can Create Fear and Defensive Attitudes
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Benefits of Accepting Suffering Exists
  • Part 2: Loving Kindness – Towards Ourselves and Towards Others
  • Part 3: Attachment: Craving, Grasping, Avoidance
  • Part 4: Samsara and Karma: The Cycle of Death and Rebirth
  • Part 5: Impermanence
  • Part 6: Buddha’s Insights
  • Part 7: Ethical Conduct – Sila
  • Part 8: The Brahma Viharas and Sacred Mandalas
  • Part 9: Liberation – Nirvana, Enlightenment
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Dalai Lama: A Spiritual and Buddhist Leader
  • Part 2: Humanitarian Work
  • Part 3: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Part 4: The Luther-King Connection
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: A Short History
  • Part 2: Monastic Communities and Lay Buddhism
  • Part 3: The Five Precepts
  • Part 4: Starting A Buddhist Practice
  • Part 5: Summary
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Whether you are looking to study Buddhism from an academic viewpoint or would like an introduction to its teachings and how you can begin to practice it yourself, the Buddhism Diploma Course is a great starting point. With both theory and practice covered by the course, you will learn Buddhism’s concepts and how to incorporate Buddha’s teachings into your own life, for the benefit of yourself and those around you.

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The Buddhism Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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