Community Education

Education for Everyone


Education for Everyone

University of the West is proud to offer classes and workshops to the wider community through Community Education.  Registration is easy and allows you access to real -time class sessions and/or online video lectures.

Community Education classes and lectures are provided on a no-credit basis.  If you are interested in taking a class for college credit, please register through OPEN ENROLLMENT»


Check back here for our Spring 2023 Community Education classes.

FALL 2022

Enrollment is now CLOSED.

“Reset, Rediscover, Renew: A Buddhist Meditation Course”

(in English & Chinese)

Huicheng Shih, Hsi Lai Temple
Huishiuan Shih, Hsi Lai Temple

September 7 – November 23, 2022
Wednesdays, 7:00 to 8:30 PM Pacific Time

“Reset, Rediscover, Renew: A Buddhist Meditation Course” is a 12-week in-person course focused on self-discovery and transformation. The class will cover a different topic each week and will offer an in-depth exploration of Buddhist principles, from the Five Skandhas to the Four Immeasurables. The class will guide students on practical techniques, including basics on posture, breathing methods, and managing emotions. The class is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators alike. It can serve as an introduction to Buddhist meditation, as well as a deeper immersion for more advanced students. “Reset, Rediscover, Renew” is instructed in English by Venerable Hui Cheng from the Department of Social Education and Outreach at Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple. Ven. Hui Cheng has taught meditation since 2013. Venerable Hui Shiuan, from the Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple, will offer the course in Chinese.

“Buddhist Meditation is a way to develop concentration and wisdom. A concentrated mind is immersed in the present moment and can remain calm and unwavering through life’s vicissitudes. With a mind that attentively observes the changes which occur from moment to moment, we can gain profound insights into the world around us as well as our inner being. Join us for 12 sessions of self-discovery and transformation.”

– View the schedule : English»  |  Chinese»
– Session type: In-person & remote
– First class meeting: 9/7/2022, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
– Certificate of participation provided.
– Course fee: $180

CE-RS636 – Buddhist Texts in Translation:
Early Mahayana and the Prajñāpāramitā (Perfection of Wisdom)

Dr. Lewis Lancaster – Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies

The course will cover the period when Mahayana texts began to appear in the centuries just before the Common Era. In particular, the family of texts known as Prajñāpāramitā (Perfection of Wisdom) marked a new era of written material in Indian Buddhism. Our exploration of this era deals with the search for the identity of the group that helped to transform Buddhism from an oral tradition to one with a literary dimension. Questions regarding how writing and reading were introduced into the religious community will focus on the impact of literacy and how it helped to create the Buddhist environment that is still dominant today. A major aspect of this study concerns the content of the earliest written texts and how they related to the previous oral recitations. It was the transmission of written texts that comprised the introduction of Buddhism to China and East Asia. Of interest in this spread of the tradition is what practices were being followed by those who wrote down the teachings and who gave support to these literate teachers.

– Session type: Online & remote
– Remote live sessions:
– Fridays 7:30-9:00pm:8/26, 9/2, 9/9, 9/23-24, 10/7,10/14, 10/21
– Certificate of participation provided.
– Course fee: $350