Level: Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Understand Buddhism for personal interest or as a foundation for further study
  • Be awarded the BSY Certificate of Competence

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Buddhism is one of the world’s six dominant religions; however, it has one significant difference.  Buddhism has no Creator, no Omnipotent Being. The Buddha himself is simply a Great Teacher, and an ever-growing number of Westerners are now coming into contact with his philosophy finding that if they truly open their hearts, it can bring inner peace and happiness. This course is an intriguing introduction to the subject, demonstrating that study can indeed change the way we look and feel about things.


  • Lesson One
    • Introducing Buddhism
      • The Life of Siddartha – the Historical Buddha
  • Lesson Two
    • Enlightenment and the Four Noble Truths
      • The First Noble Truth – ‘Dukkha’
      • The Second Noble Truth – ‘Samadaya’
      • The Third Noble Truth – ‘Nirodha’
  • Lesson Three
    • Enlightenment and the Four Noble Truths (Continued)
      • The Fourth Noble Truth – ‘Magga’
      • Wisdom
      • Morality
      • Mental Culture
  • Lesson Four
    • Meditation
      • Anapannassati
      • Vipassana
      • Metta
  • Lesson Five
    • The Triple Gem
    • The Three Marks of Existence
  • Lesson Six
    • The Diversity Of Buddhism
      • Theravada
      • Mahayana 

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.