The Antioch Buddhist Studies in India program is a comparative studies program looking at both the theory and practice of Buddhism. The program is offered only during the fall semester. Students live in a Buddhist monastery and eat vegetarian meals only. The program offers an interesting combination of western academics and Buddhist philosophies.
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Based in Bodh Gaya, the academic emphasis is placed on a comparative approach to both theory and practice. Participants reach their own understanding of the essence that is common to all varieties of Buddhism, while learning to appreciate the many cultural and historical environments in which it has flourished. The academic program consists of four components:
Language (Hindi or Tibetan)
Lodging and vegetarian meals will be provided at the guest house within the compound of the Burmese Vihar (monastery). Living within a Buddhist monastery, requires students to adhere to Buddhist precepts:
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All students should consult the OGP eligibility page to ensure that they meet all specific academic requirements for each school (CC, GS, SEAS) to study abroad.
There is a two-part application process for this program: an internal Columbia approval process called 'clearance' and an external admission application submitted directly to this program. Click "Start an Application" above for instructions and to begin.
Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.