Buddhist studies



Buddhist Studies provides students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Buddhist cultures, philosophies, and practices both in traditional settings and contemporary interpretations. You will gain knowledge of the major Buddhist traditions and learn how core Buddhist practices and ideas – such as mindfulness meditation - have been adapted in contemporary Western settings and have impacted on our ideas of personal development and on public issues in modern social life.  Buddhism is often simplistically viewed as a way of life or a philosophy rather than a complex, multi-dimensional religious tradition. By engaging with this course of study you will develop a critical awareness of the much richer scope of Buddhist thought and cultures – East and West.
You will also have the opportunity to study Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with Tibetan monks in a traditional environment in the Buddhist Studies in India study tour with ASP263 Buddhist Studies in India.
For more information about the Buddhist Studies in India study tour ASP263 please refer to the Work Integrated Learning website or contact the WIL team: artsed-wil@deakin.edu.au.  

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MN-A00043 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)

Career outcomes

Religious literacy and understandings of different cultural and religious perspectives is an indispensable skill in our global society as is the ability to analysis multiple perspectives. Career opportunities exist for our students in the education sector, publishing, government agencies, cultural institutions, multicultural associations, media organisations, the public service and the marketing and tourism industries.

Explore units


  • To complete a Minor sequence in Buddhist Studies select four (4) units from below


  • World Religions ASR100
  • Transforming Buddhism ASR207
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhism ASR205
  • Religion, Rights and Governance ASR300