Dhammakaya Open University
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|Dhammakaya Open University (DOU)|
|Location||Azusa, California, USA|
Dhammakaya Open University (DOU) is a Theravada Buddhist school offering instruction by distance education. Founded in 2003, it is based in Azusa, California but distributes its courses internationally via liaison centres at branches of the Dhammakaya Foundation. It offers courses in English and Thai.
The sole course of studies offered is a B.B. (Bachelor of Buddhism) in Dhamma. It includes:
- MD101E Meditation 1: Basic Knowledge of Meditation
- GL101E Buddhist cosmology
- GL102E The Hereafter
- GL203E Law of Karma
- GB203E Recipe for Success in World Social-Development
- SB304E Monastic Lifestyle
The degree requires 26 units and four years to complete. It aims not only at instilling knowledge and practice of Dhamma, but in enabling its students to live wholesome lives of happiness and peace, and influencing those around them in a positive way.