Indian Buddhism

Subject Code: 


  Lecture Date Census Date Location

Semester 2 2017

4-8 September 2017

4 September NTI Wollongong Campus

‘Indian Buddhism'  recounts the growth of Buddhism in South Asia, and covers the teachings and precepts of the different perspectives from the early beginnings, through the development of Mahayana Buddhism.

This subject provides a survey of the growth of Buddhism in South Asia – from its origins in about the fifth century BCE, through to the major developments in India and Sri Lanka, including the appearance of early Mahayana forms. It integrates developments in doctrine with relevant archaeological and historical evidence from the field.

Students will:

  • understand and discuss the historical background of Indian Buddhism and its relation to the life of Sakyamani Buddha
  • analyse the basic doctrines and key philosophical concepts of Indian Buddhism, such as the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Noble Path, dependant Origination, Karma, Samsara, Nirvana, and more
  • learn a detailed account of the development of the Mahayana Schools of Indian Buddhism
  • further develop the skills to pose research questions, investigate and analyse the literature, and present reports.

Who is it for?

‘Indian Buddhism’ is ideal for:

  • any student in NTI’s postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters program in Applied Buddhist Studies
  • anyone interested in history, religion and/or philosophy
  • Buddhism devotees and anyone interested in learning more about Buddhism.


Preliminary reading

1 week prior to lectures and workshops

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

9:00am - 5:00pm daily


3 weeks - Final assignments due 


3 weeks proceeding Tour/Classes - Final assignments due 

Attendance and class participation

Lecture Period


Group work on framing research questions, proposals and individual

presentations (15 minutes)

Lecture Period


Assignment on research methods, critical analysis and interpretation (1,500 words)

1 week after Lectures/Tour



Research proposal and critical literature review (3,000 words)

3 weeks after Lectures/Tour




‘Indian Buddhism’ is an elective subject in Nan Tien Institute’s postgraduate Applied Buddhist Studies program.

This 6 credit point subject can be an elective in:

Masters (Applied Buddhist Studies)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Applied Buddhist Studies

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies

24 credit points

Study costs/scholarships

The total subject cost is $1,250.00 for Domestic students, and $1,600.00 for International students.

Australian students


International students


Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites to study this subject as a non-award student.

There are academic and/or program and work experience prerequisites for studying this subject as part of the NTI Applied Buddhist Studies program. Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.