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The Open Buddhist University

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A place to chill and learn

The Open Buddhist University is a large library of free digital resources for those interested in Buddhism.

The courses, books, articles, talks, and more collected here are carefully curated to present a comprehensive, pan-sectarian introduction to Buddhist Studies and our shared, human world.

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Our mission is to provide:

  • University-Quality
  • Pan-Sectarian
  • Open-Access

resources in English for those interested in Buddhism.

We curate a selection of academic material leveraging both what modern scholars and deeply-engaged practitioners have to say in order to present today's Buddhist traditions in a sympathetic but historically-accurate light. Our collection is intended as a comprehensive curriculum for students and teachers of Buddhism, but researchers will no doubt find our resources helpful as well!

For more details on how our content is sourced, see our Collection Policy.


The Open Buddhist University is and will always be completely free to use. It can be accessed online at:

Click here for a video tour of the site.


OBU is strictly a digital library and therefore cannot and does not provide:

  • medical advice
  • academic degrees
  • professional certification
  • spiritual counseling
  • housing
  • etc

The library's resources are provided as-is with no guarantees. The views expressed in each work are strictly the opinions of their respective author(s) and may or may not reflect the views of OBU or our contributors.


Feel free to reuse the content from this website in any ethical and legal way you like. If you reuse one of our courses, please give an attribution and link back to

The entire library can be downloaded as a Bibtex database here suitable for importing into your favorite academic reference manager.


Our courses are mostly compiled in-house from the excellent, free resources we find online and add to our library, roughly organized.

Some of our courses are entirely from elsewhere. Those are clearly labeled as such.


OBU would love your help with finding content and building the website! See the Contribution Guide for how to get started, including how to run the site on your own machine.


see Acknowledgements


This website is humbly dedicated to all the world's leaders. Particularly you. 🥰