Introduction to Buddhism (Ages 9-12)

  • Instructor Ingrid Klass
  • Code EPH41
  • Student Ages 9-12
  • Term Fall Semester 2023


The Buddha was a thinker who lived during the fifth century B.C.E. in India. His original insights into the nature of the mind, suffering, and joy form the basis of the Buddhist tradition, now a major world religion.

This course is an in-depth introduction and exploration of the Buddha’s philosophy and how his ideas spread and developed into the many different forms of Buddhism practiced today, including a close look at Zen and Tibetan traditions.

Note: This course is offered at two levels. The ages listed are only a guide, however; we are happy to discuss the correct level for individual students.

Live Classes: Fridays, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from the week of August 14th to the week of December 11th

Student Expectations: The live classes for this course will be a mix of discussion and lecture. Assignments will include reading and reflecting on primary and secondary source material, contributing in the online discussion forum, informal written reflections (paragraph-length), and a final class presentation.

Student Support: The instructor is available via email.

Feedback/Assessment: The instructor will provide feedback and comments on all student work.

Materials/Supplies: All materials will be provided by the instructor.


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