FAQ

Buddhist Sciences is a branch of academic study of higher education that analyzes the Buddhist tradition, with its various Schools, using the scientific methodology applied to the Scriptures, Treaties, Codes of Conduct, in short, the knowledge structure. The goal is to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding by determining the Buddhist principles, concepts, arguments and judgments of knowledge that support the theological foundation of the ultimate ineffable reality: definitive peace (nirvana). Through the study of Buddhist theology it is possible to develop rational and analytical knowledge that is within the Brazilian register, within our language, our knowledge structure.

The term theology was born in Greece for a specific purpose, which was to explain Greek myths rationally, which was done by seeking the first principles of things. It is assumed that the reality of all things can be known in its principles through reason that can also discover the true content of all things. According to the Stoics, there were three types of theology: mythological, physiological and ideological (religious, natural and political, respectively).
In Christianity the term will be used for the first time in the IV century, with Euzébio de Cesária, and determined the study of God within onself through the mystery of the Trinity (ad intra) and of God with the world (ad extra). It started being used in the Middle Ages with the formation of universities in the XII century, mainly by Pedro Abelardo. Before that it was called Doctrina Christiana or Sacra Doctrina. In the XIII century, with the definitive appearance of universities, the term to define a faculty (mastery of a specific knowledge) was established: Arts, Jurisprudence and Medicine. Yet the person who graduated in theology was called a Master of Sacred Scripture.
In Buddhism, the term theology is acceptable in the sense of the Greek Stoics, although there are no myths, which means that Buddhist theology is linked to nature and politics in the parameters of the Stoics. However, as there is an innovative theory (for the historical period of the 5th century BC in India), which consists of the Four Noble Truths and the method to achieve definitive peace (nirvana) through human efforts, depending on investigative reasoning and the training of habits (carried out by meditative concentration), then, it could be said that there was something similar to a revelation, but developed rationally by a human being, the historical Buddha. That is why it is possible to say that there is a religious theology that deals with the mystery of ultimate reality, definitive peace, the final realization achieved by the method of the Four Noble Truths. In the same way it is possible to say that there is a Buddhist philosophy. Our school's choice to use the term “Buddhist theology” is to approach and dialogue with Christian theology.

No. Catholic Theology is based on Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and centralized Magisterium. Buddhist theology is based on Scripture, Moral Tradition and decentralized Magisterium. The Scriptures consist of the collection of the Sermons of the Buddha (sutras), which may vary - Sarvastivada has a specific collection, Mahayana has a different one, etc., in the Moral Tradition, which is present in the Codes of Conduct - Vinaya, and their comments, which vary also from school to school; and in the Buddhist Magisterium, composed of a unity between classical Treaties and updated interpretations made by qualified teachers of the present - each School has its own, it is not something centralized.

The material object is conventional reality and the ultimate reality of the world, in the context of the liberation from suffering and its causes, investigated under the light of reason and faith in Buddhist doctrine. The formal object is the ultimate reality, the definetive peace (nirvana), according to the Four Noble Truths method.

The ITCB does not have a pastoral character, being only its maintainer, the BUDA Association which has Counseling Services, that consist of private conversations with BUDA monks or nuns, previously scheduled by the BUDA Secretariat. For other pastoral services, we recommend the Pastorals of the Roman Catholic Church and the Methodist Church, in the city of Valinhos / SP. As for participation in social projects, those interested should contact the BUDA Association, the maintainer of ITCB, by the Secretariat.

The ITCB promotes the systematic study of the central themes of both the Buddhist and Christian Tradition Thought. The institute professes no religious faith. It does not receive any money from the Public Authority neither from any religious entities.

There is no record of any political affiliation. Both the BUDA Association and the ITCB, have no political or party-political affiliation. Only the president of the BUDA Association is empowered to publicly represent the institution and to say anything about any political party stance, as well as making public statements about political ideologies. With regard to ITCB, only its General Director is empowered to say something about any political party stance, as well as to make public statements regarding political ideologies that may officially represent the Institute.

The BUDA and the ITCB do not impose or place limits or restrictions on the political-party choices of their associates, who can freely choose their orientations, with the proviso that their political party and ideological statements are the sole responsibility of each associate, except for the official statements given by the President of BUDA and the General Director of ITCB.

The undergaduate course lasts 5 years. There is the graduate course I, lasting 4 years, and the graduate course II, lasting 6 years.

The selection process of the undergraduate course in Budology can take place in two ways: (1) through the ENEM score, if carried out up to the last two years preceding the enrollment period in the course, the student who obtains a higher grade being approved 450 in the newsroom; or (2) through an essay that must be delivered by the student within 24 hours, after the files are made available to the student by the ITCB secretary.

For holders of higher education degrees, there is no need to enter the processes described above.

The undergraduate course lasts 5 (five) years, and if the mandatory subjects of the Central Axis of Buddhist Sciences are properly fulfilled, the student will receive the ITCB diploma of initial training in Buddhist Sciences. If the student chooses not to take all the subjects in the Central Axis, or if he/she fails a subject, or if he/she chooses to postpone it for the future; the duration of the course will not be more than 5 (five) years, as provided for in official schedule, but will continue indefinitely, according to the student's choices and performance.

It is not possible to take a semester off or a medical leave at the Undergraduate Course, it is only possible to cancel the Course. For this reason, there is no possibility of reusing credits. We suggest that the student remains in the Course, by reducing the subjects of the Central Axis, so that their enrollment in the free Undergraduate Course is not canceled. In cases of financial difficulties, the student may contact the Secretariat to request, if applicable, Scholarship, through the analysis of the requested documents and evidence and final approval by the Legal Department.

The Undergraduate Course is 100% online. The Graduate I and II Courses are presential, but can also be taken online.

There are three ways of evaluating disciplines and courses: (1) written test, (2) oral test and (3) activities, which can be through written works or questionnaires. The teachers of each discipline will inform the students which of the three modalities will be applied in their evaluation system.

To ask questions the student should use the Forum available within each course, in the Virtual Learning Environment (EAD Platform).

Yes, each student will be accompanied by a tutor who will be responsible for communication and help with difficulties regarding the platform. Questions will be sent via tutor and answered in class or directly on the platform. In case of doubts not related to classes, suggestions or complaints about the Course, Platform or other matters, please send it to the Main Office's email (secretaria@itcb.org.br).

Students enrolled regularly in the Undergraduate Course, Gruaduate I and Gruaduate II, can access the available books directly on the tab of the Secretariat in the Virtual Learning Environment (EAD Platform). Those interested who are not students enrolled in the Underaduate Course, Graduate I and Graduate II, should send a request to the Main Office's email (secretaria@itcb.org.br).

For the first semester, the monthly fee is R$ 156,00. This amount may be readjusted, as stated in the service agreement.

The monthly fee does not vary according to the number of subjects chosen by the student to be taken in the semester. That is, the tuition will be the same for the student who takes one or all subjects in the same semester.

There are 50% scholarships for low-income students, when and if proven. Sending the documents is not a guarantee of granting the scholarship, since verification of the fulfillment of requirements will be made, and if so, the student will be notified of the authorization.

In case of interest of the student, the grant requirements and the commitment terms of the scholarship student must be requested to the Main Office through the email: secretariaitbc@itcb.org.br.

The Undergraduate Course in Buddhist Sciences has not yet been approved by the MEC, however, measures are already being taken to register the ITCB as a Higher Education Institution for the authorization and recognition of the Brazilian body.

The BUDA Association, together with the ITBC, have Certification of membership in the International Buddhist Council (IBC), a global body based in Delhi, India. We also have the Taiwan International Buddhist Sangha (IBS) Membership Certification, and we help the International Geluk Foundation. Membership certificates can be viewed at the following website link: www.buda.org.br/reconhecimentos.

The scholarship student as a general rule will not be able to choose the mandatory subjects to be taken. Therefore, the scholarship student must necessarily fulfill the four subjects of the Core Curriculum of the course in the semester (Moral Theory, Theory of Meditation, Theory of Reality and Analysis of Canonical Texts). The elective subjects may be chosen by the student. The cases of special needs, when properly proven, should be referred to the Main Office for evaluation by the Course Coordination.

Yes. In order to obtain this diploma in 5 years, it is necessary to fulfill all subjects offered in the semester. As these subjects are part of the core curriculum, it is necessary to comply with all of them. The ITCB organized the Buddhist Theology course, seeking to match the national curriculum requirements and guidelines of the Ministério da Educação (MEC) for an authorized Theology course (Resolution CNE / CES nº 4, of September 16, 2016) - even though the Resoution has not yet been approved by the entity. However, it is possible fulfill fewer disciplines than offered on the schedule, if prefered, and extend the completion time.

Once the classes of the week are available online, they will remain available to the student until the end of the semester or until the student completes the course.

The subjects that the student can take are in modules and will always be available for student registration in all semesters. Thus, if the student fails one of the disciplines of the current semester, for example, he can take the same discipline in the following semester, and so on, until he is approved. Until the student is approved in module 1, the student will not be able to take module 2 of that specific discipline. Similarly, if the student chooses not to take a course this semester, it will be available for enrollment in the next semesters until it is completed. It is worth mentioning that there is no possibility of taking the semester of or a medical leave. That is, if the student gives up on the module in the middle of the semester, he will necessarily have to redo this module next time.

It is worth noting that there is no possibility of locking the module. That is, if the student drops the module in the middle of the semester, he will have to redo this module next time.