‘Introduction to Buddhism’ is an overview of the history of Buddhist thought, and provides the essential foundation for further studies in Buddhism and an entry point to all other NTI subjects.
It provides an in-depth introduction to key concepts and practices of the Buddhist tradition across sectarian and historical boundaries, from its origin to later developments spanning 2,500 years. It covers the key Buddhist doctrines and the basic concepts of Buddhist philosophy across various traditions, and critically examines the spiritual meaning of life from the Buddhist perspective. The role of Buddhist theory, meditation, and practice in approaching morality and ethics, as well as contemporary developments in global Buddhism, will be introduced and critically appraised.
‘Introduction to Buddhism’ studies Buddhism through reflection and experiential learning, and provides experience of Buddhist philosophy and practice in daily life. It fosters critical, inquiring assimilation of Buddhist philosophy and practice through open debate and discussion, innovative angles of interpretation, and experiential immersion in meditation.
Dr Royce Wiles, PhD (South Asian Studies) Australian National University, Graduate Diploma in Librarianship (University of Canberra), BA (Asian Studies (Honours) Australian National University, AALIA
Dr Royce Wiles is a specialist international educator, researcher and bibliographer. He is at the core of NTI’s academic team as a full-time lecturer and researcher. Dr Wiles has 30 years of experience in Asian Studies; South Asian Languages (Hindi, Snaskrit, Prakrits, including Pali); Buddhist meditation; lecturing and tutoring; researching management and course development. He also has extensive experience ranging from specialist historical research; teaching and lecturing; international development; and experience in post-conflict development work; as well as the management of specialist libraries and research programmes.
During his most recent appointment with the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), in Kabul Afghanistan, Dr Wiles worked with Kabul University, the National Museum of Kabul, the National Archives of Afghanistan and other agencies attempting to salvage and rebuild the region’s tertiary education system.
During the program the student will:
- Enhance their knowledge of fundamental concepts of Buddhism.
- Develop critical thinking on the traditional interpretations of major concepts of Buddhism.
- Develop specific research questions, objectives or hypotheses for a research project.
- Explore and develop a personal understanding of the central teachings of Buddhism.