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Nalanda University MA in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions
Nalanda University

MA in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions

Rajgir, India

2 Years


Full time

31 May 2024

05 Aug 2024

USD 2,066 *


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The School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religion offers an M.A. in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religion (SBSPCR) and an M.A. in Hindu Studies (Sanātana). The program in Buddhist Studies emphasizes a deep and distinctive study of Buddhist ideas and values and historically contextualizes those ideas about other proximal philosophical and religious traditions such as Vedic, Sankhya, Yoga, and Tantra. The program in Hindu Studies is designed to enable the students to grasp the rich spiritual as well as intellectual system of Hinduism – a distinctively interdisciplinary system where the textual and the oral, the verbal and the visual, the scientific and the metaphysical, the transcendental and the functional are interlocked as parts of a whole. Through an interdisciplinary/ comparative curriculum, the School examines the wider social-historical-cultural contexts of the development of Hindu and Buddhist traditions and the concurrent philosophical systems of Asia in general and of South and Southeast Asia in particular.

Focus areas of the Programme

  • Buddhist Studies
  • Buddhist Archaeology and Art
  • Nālandā Tradition
  • Interaction of Religious Traditions
  • Asian/Indian Philosophy
  • Vedic Studies
  • Philosophy of Yoga
  • Theory and Method of Religious Studies
  • Meditation Theory and Practices
  • Dhammapada
  • Languages: Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan
  • Suggestive areas integrating Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religion & Hindu Studies
    • Comparative Religions
    • Theory and Methods of Religious Studies
    • Asian/Indian Philosophy
    • Buddhist Philosophy
    • Nalanda Tradition in Buddhism
    • Philosophical Tenets of Buddhism: Mādhyamika Traditions
    • Visual Traditions: Mahayana and Buddhist Tantra
    • Buddhist Archaeology
    • Buddhist Psychology
    • History and Philosophy of Yoga
    • Theory & Practice of Meditation
    • Ethics in Hindu Philosophy
    • Itihāsas: The Rāmāyaṇa & the Mahābhārata
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Nātyaśāstra
    • Nāgārjuna
    • The Yogasūtra of Patañjali



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