Papers and Articles on Teaching Buddhism
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As interest in Buddhist Studies has grown dramatically throughout Western
universities and colleges, so has the depth and variety of resources available
to educators of Buddhism. Changes in perspective in many areas of academic
life are influencing teaching methods and course content in all academic
disciplines. Over the past few decades, colleges and universities have
increasingly offered courses on Buddhism, or at the very least taught Buddhism
within the context of courses on world religions. The past ten to fifteen
years have witnessed a significant increase in the number of books that
can be used as textbooks in such courses, and more recently, other kinds
of teaching materials, such as videos, CD-ROMs and on-line venues, have
become more common. In addition to such teaching tools, Buddhist Studies
programs have evolved that offer a substantial experiential component provided
by workshops, field trips and extensive travel.