O U R A S P I R A T I O N
BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN EDUCATION AND AWAKENING
Buddha Dharma University, the seminary of the Five Mountain Zen Order, is a unique institution of higher learning that focuses on continually forging opportunities to experience a contemporary, in-depth and non-sectarian study of Buddhism, while also promoting the knowledge and understanding of the various traditions, schools and cultures of Buddhism.
Programs are taught and mentored by scholars and masters from a variety of traditions, which takes advantage of America’s unique diversity of Buddhist practice and presentation. We are both a seminary and a general Buddhist teaching center, and participation with the Five Mountain Order is not a prerequisite.
Buddha Dharma University provides the opportunity to experience a profound, meaningful and rewarding path towards Buddhist scholarship and awakening.
We are staffed by Buddhists (including monastics as well as married, ordained clergy) from many diverse walks of life, each willing, qualified, and happily able to guide students along the Buddhist scholastic path. Our mentors are all volunteers, they dedicate their time to helping others in accord with the Bodhisattva Vow in order to keep our tuition to a minimum. Many ordained Buddhist monastics from each of the three major schools of Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana) are involved in guiding the continual process of the refinement, development, and formation of our programs. We seek to build a bridge between the isolated silos of Buddhism which have evolved since our original Asian founders have passed on.
If you believe Buddha Dharma University is right for you, we encourage you to apply. If you are accepted, and become one of our students, please come with a Beginner’s Mind: willing to learn…and dedicated to seeing the Dharma unfold in your own life.