Essentials of Buddhism

Summary of the beliefs and practices of Buddhism. This is an introductory level course. You may access the audio lectures for the seminary level course on this subject by Dr. Tennent, by going to Introduction to Buddhism.


1. Introduction to Buddhism. Discussion of the events surrounding the emergence of Siddhartha Gautama as the Buddha.

2. Buddism Becomes a Religion. Description of how Buddhism became a religion. It expanded into 3 branches, Therevada, Mahayana, and Vajranyana.

3. Mahayana Buddhism. Discussion of how Mahayana Buddhism has opened the door to different schools of thought or lineages of Buddhism.

4. Vajranyana Buddhism. Discussion of Vajranyana Buddhism, which is also known as Tibetan Buddhism.