In Search of Sustainable Happiness
Master of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Happiness is something we all long for. Yet a state of happiness, once obtained, is difficult to sustain. What makes happiness sustainable? How can we stay relaxed and happy in this world of constant change and bustle? The Master of Buddhist Studies program may enlighten you with a possible answer.
This program offers quality teaching on a fundamental understanding and in-depth analysis of Buddhism from textual, doctrinal, and historical perspectives. It further aims to elucidate on the application of Buddhist teachings in modern society, and provides background knowledge for a critical review of Buddhism in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and the region. Topics of study range from the history and doctrines of different Buddhist traditions to contemporary Buddhism and Buddhism as applied in counselling, palliative care, and psychotherapy, with particular reference to current scholarly research.
The program, which enters its 15th year in 2017, has attracted students from various professional backgrounds, nationalities, and even religions, with more than 800 graduates already. Following are some thoughts from these alumni:
“This program has enhanced my understanding and practice of Buddhism, leading me to achieve a higher level of inner peace and happiness.” Ben Kwong; executive director KGI Asia Ltd., graduate of 2004.
“MBS is the most enlightening course that I have taken. I have studied Buddhism as a philosophy, a religion, a way of living, and more . . .” Josephine Ma, solicitor and mediator, graduate of 2004.
“MBS does not only offer me a certificate. I have gained knowledge, friendships, and vision. . . . All the courses on offer are worth attending. . . . The professors are real masters, not only lecturers . . .” Mak Kwok-ho, secondary school teacher, graduate of 2005.
“The MBS program has exposed me to a new world of Buddhism—a much deeper understanding of what the Buddha did and said; of the fundamental spirit of Buddhism, and of the Buddhist way of looking at life. I am a changed man, for the better, I believe.” Lam Woon-kwong, convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council, graduate of 2007.
“Within the Centre of Buddhist Studies a dynamic academic exchange is found that creates a dialogue between the ancient and the modern, the East and the West, and between the mundane and transcendent. Surely this dynamic is unique among institutions throughout the world, for it is brought about not only through the professors and students, but by the community as a whole.” Anthony Robert Scott, graduate of 2012, from Canada.
“This program has given me a much broader perspective on what Buddhism really is. . . . I am able to make better use of the teachings in my life . . .” (Janet Lau, yoga teacher, graduate of 2013.
“The program is just great. The curriculum is perfectly structured. The teachers are exceedingly knowledgeable and caring. I don’t think that I’ve ever been so intellectually stimulated before.” Magdalena Maria Jeziorna, graduate of 2014, from Poland.
The program is now inviting applications for the September 2017 intake. For application details, please visit our websites below:
http://www.buddhism.hku.hk/admission.htm (admission details)
http://www.buddhism.hku.hk/course_and_scholarships.htm (scholarship information)
Closing Date of Application
Round 1: 3 February 2017 (12 noon)
Round 2: 15 March 2017 (12 noon)
Applications submitted during Round 1 will be considered earlier. You are therefore highly encouraged to submit your application in the first round.
Course Commencement: September 2017
Telephone: 3917 2847