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  • College of Buddhist Studies

    Dongguk University provides a world-class education that bridges East and West on many levels. Founded in 1906 by Korea's ecumenically minded Jogye Order, Dongguk remains one of the few Buddhist affiliated universities in the world.

    The College of Buddhist Studies, which is known as one of the best Buddhist colleges in Korea, is rooted in the Myungjin School, founded in 1906 as the predecessor of the present Dongguk University. The College aims, through profound research and teaching of Buddhism, at building up Buddhist personalities with wisdom and compassion, at developing capabilities and knowledge required for seeing life and the world, and at producing talents who can subjectively and positively make contributions to the development of mankind throughout world at large, including fields such as religion, education, politics, culture.

    Beginning in 2010, undergraduate courses that used to be divided into three majors have been integrated into a single unit to offer diverse opportunities to students. In addition, students can obtain a certificate of social welfare offered from the Department of Buddhist Social Welfare. There were almost 250 students registered in our undergraduate program in 2009.

    Graduate courses can be classified into two categories: Graduate School and Professional School. The first consists of the three departments: Buddhist Studies, Indian Philosophy, and Seon Studies. This school aims at producing scholars researching into diverse Buddhist academic fields. Each department offers both MA and Ph.D. programs designed to respond to the diverse needs of students. In 2009, there were 47 MA & 39 Ph.D. students in the dept. of Buddhist Studies, 11 MA & 7 Ph.D. students in the dept. of Indian Philosophy, and 18 MA & 16 Ph.D. students in the dept. of Seon Studies. 

    The latter consists of various Buddhist subjects, such as Social Welfare and Counseling Psychology, and it offers practical degree program for Buddhist professionals. In 2009, 220 students were registered in our Buddhist Professional School.

    As a leading Institution in the field of Buddhist Studies, the College of Buddhist Studies will take its part both in the propagation of and in the globalization of Korean Buddhism.

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Divison of Buddhist Studies

The Division of Buddhist Studies aims at producing Buddhist academics and Buddhist professionals who understand Buddhist ideas and practice and who are able to devote themselves to the propagation of Buddhism. The Division offers two tracks, a theoretical and practical track, according to the student¡?s preference. The first consists of various Buddhist doctrinal subjects and is designed for students who want to become Buddhist scholars. The latter consists of diverse practical subjects relating to Buddhism and is designed for students who want to become Buddhist professionals.


1st year: Introduction to Buddhist Studies, Buddhist Meditation and Regional Practice, Philosophy and Culture in India, The Understanding of Seon.


2nd year: Sanskrit I, Buddhist Classical Chinese, Science of Religion, History of Indian Buddhism, Indian Seon Thoughts, Early Buddhism, Indian Mahayana Buddhism, History of Chinese Buddhism, History of Korean Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, Seon & Contemporary Society, Sanskrit II, History of Buddhist Community, Reading of Buddhist Scriptures, Classical Yoga, Jainism, Abhidharma Buddhism, Ancient Indian Philosophy, Chinese Seon Thought, Korean Seon Thought, Prajna Philosophy, Hua-yen Studies


3-4th year (theoretical track): Tibetan Language, Studies of Buddhist Precepts, The Bhagavad Gita, Madhyamaka Philosophy, Study of Tien-tai, Practice of Korean Seon Literature, Yogacara Buddhism, A Survey of Seon Literature, Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Pali Language, Indian Epistemology and Logic, Vedanta, Esoteric and Tibetan Buddhism, East Asian Mahayana Buddhism, Korean Buddhist Thought, Thought of Tathagatagarbha, Theory of Seon Culture.

3-4th year (practical track): Temple Management and Administration, Buddhist Ecology, Buddhist Culture Content, Buddhism and Media, Practice of Ganwha Seon, Understanding Meditative Music, Seon Counseling, History of World Religion, Missionary Methodology, Buddhist Thought and Western Philosophy, Buddhist Leadership, Social and Economic Thought of Buddhism, Practice of Seon Counseling, Practice of Seon Music, Understanding Vipassana Meditation.


Name Picture Major Final degree school E-mail
Ho-Sung Kim 김호성 Ancient Indian Philosophy Dongguk University
Mun-Gi Bak (Ven. Jongho) 박문기 Chinese Seon Dongguk University
Je-Son Woo 우제선 Buddhist Logic & Epistemology University of Pennsylvania
Sung-Hyun Shin 신성현 Buddhist Ethics Dongguk University
Chang-Gyu Ji 지창규 Tien-Tai Buddhism Dongguk University
Young-Seop Ko 고영섭 Korean Buddhism Dongguk University
Soon-Il Hwang 황순일 Early & sectarian Buddhism Oxford University
Nam-Kyeol Heo 허남결교수님사진 Buddhist Ethics Dongguk. University
Jong-Wook Kim . Buddhist Ecology Seoul National University
Wang-Mo Seo (Ven. Jeongdo) 서왕모교수님 Korean Seon Dongguk University
Cheong-Hwan Park (Ven. Jeongdeok) 정덕스님(박청환) Indian Buddhism Oxford University
Kyung-Rae Kim 김경래 Religious Studies Dongguk University, Kings College London
Young-Sook Song (Ven. Seogwang) 서광스님(송영숙) Religious Psychology Sofia university (ITP)
Cameron Bailey 카메론 Tibetan Buddhism Oxford University 20180294@dongguk.ed
Hyung-Gong Moon 문현공 Applied Buddhism Dongguk University -
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