World Religion

Registration new open for Spring 2015 Classes 


Buddhist Iconography*

Instructor, Michael Mullooly, MA
Buddhism is the single common thread uniting the Asian world, from India to Southeast Asia, and along the Silk Road from China to Japan. To guide and inspire believers, a rich panoply of symbols and images were made beginning in India in the third century BCE. Buddhist Iconography is the study of these symbols and images. This class investigates how the Buddha image transformed through time and place, and explores how Buddhist art was shaped by fundamental changes within the faith. Through our study of paintings, statuary, temple architecture and Japanese Zen gardens, we hope to gain an appreciation for the beautiful and diverse world of Buddhist art.
*Can be taken as part of the Buddhist Certificate program.

Zen Morning Tour in Milwaukee

Instructor, Michael Mullooly, MA
Meditation concentrates, calms, and clarifies the mind. Sustained practice brings physical and psychological benefits. Ultimately, meditation leads to enlightenment. Ideal for the beginner as well as the seasoned practitioner, this tour teaches the basics of posture, breathing, and minding the mind. On our tour, we will visit two zendos (meditation room of a Zen monastery) on Milwaukee's East Side: Great Lakes Zen Center, a Buddhist temple, and Milwaukee Mindfulness, a Buddhist sangha. Consult with experts. Achieve peace of mind. Relax. Tranquility is the most immediate benefit of meditation. There are many more. If you ever wanted to learn about Zen meditation or kick-start your practice, this tour is your chance. As the Buddha once said, “Surround yourself with like-minded companions and excellent teachers, and your mind deliverance will rapidly mature.” Give yourself a break. Spend a Zen morning in Milwaukee. We round it off with cordial fellowship and a delicious lunch at Maharaja. Carpool with a friend.
Friday lecture: May 22, 6:30-8:30pm


Buddhist Meditation*

Instructor: Michael Mullooly, MA
Zen Buddhism teaches that the goal and the means are one and the same: when you meditate, you are the Buddha. Meditation is an internal discipline that quiets the mind. Practiced by Buddhists for over 2,500 years, meditation leads to enlightenment. The objective of this course is to establish and stabilize your own practice of zazen or “sitting meditation.” This class is ideal for the beginner; we will emphasize zazen in its most basic, practical aspects: posture, breath, sitting in comfort. You will walk away from this course trained in an ancient and beautiful practice – the physical expression of enlightened wisdom. *Can be taken as part of the Buddhist Certificate program.


New! Buddhist Studies Certificate

Beginning this spring, UW-Waukesha is excited to announce our new Buddhist Studies Certificate with instructor Michael Mullooly! Many students have been asking and we are proud to begin class offerings this spring. From its roots in Asia twenty-five centuries ago, Buddhism still exists as one of the major spiritual forces in today’s world. Its compelling insights into human existence offer an ancient yet relevant alternative to the materialism of the modern age. The Buddhist Studies program offers a solid grounding in the Buddhist path. Knowledge of this path can assist mental health workers, religious professionals, artists, educators, and wisdom seekers in their endeavors. 


  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Buddhist Iconography
  • History of Zen Buddhism
  • Buddhist Meditation
  • Buddhist Literature
  • History of Buddhist Thought
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Master Class in Buddhist Studies

Buddhism has the power to transform cultures as well as individual lives. When one completes the eight course sequence, a Certificate in Buddhist Studies will be awarded. Interested? Call Continuing Education at 262-521-5460 for more information!

Information on the certificate