The earthquakes that hit Nepal this spring have had a devastating effect on the country with thousands of people losing their lives, loved ones, and homes. Educational centers and other institutions across the country were also seriously affected, although most have now begun to resume some activities as Nepal enters its recovery and rebuilding phase.
The humanitarian response to the tragedy from the Nepalese public and friends and supporters around the world has been exceptional and everyone at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and RYI has played their part. The monastery provided food and shelter for hundreds of displaced families at the height of the crisis, while the monks, nuns, and RYI's staff and students have organised relief convoys to remote districts supplying tons of food, medicines, tents, tarpaulins and, most recently, tin roofing sheets to those in need. These efforts continue today through the monastery's social outreach program Shenpen.
In addition to supporting relief efforts, preparations are now fully underway for the start of RYI's new academic year in August 2015. This includes moving out of several classrooms and offices damaged by the earthquakes in the main temple complex and into new facilities to the north of the campus. These buildings were independently assessed in May 2015 and approved as safe by both an expert architect and several structural engineers.
Once this move is complete, work will begin on finishing RYI's new purpose-built building and dismantling and rebuilding the main monastery complex. Should you wish to support either of these projects, please visit RYI’s giving page for RYI's new building and visit here for rebuilding the monastery.
Applicants welcome for 2015 - 2016 Academic Year and Summer 2016
Applications are now open for all courses for the 2015 - 2016 academic year. The program begins on August 19 as originally planned before the quakes.
Those interested in registering for any of RYI’s programs are invited to fill out an application here. RYI looks forward to receiving your application, and to welcoming you in Nepal later this year!
Connect With Our Community’s Activities
To follow the KNSL’s continuing relief efforts, connect with Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen on Facebook by clicking here or by visiting www.shenpennepal.org.
For news of construction progress at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, please visit www.shedrubfund.org.
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Studying at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Nepal
The courses offered at Rangjung Yeshe Institute include a wide variety of topics in Buddhist Philosophy and in Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepali languages.
Students who are seeking a thorough education in Buddhist Philosophy and Himalayan languages may enroll in formal degree programs at BA, MA and PhD levels or take advantage of specialized non-degree courses including our renowned summer intensive short courses and year-long translator training program.
Students may also study online, from wherever they are in the world.
Through a partnership with Kathmandu University, all degree and some online learning courses may be taken for academic credits for transfer to home Universities. This option is proving particularly popular with the growing number of students from other Universities who visit RYI each year.
RYI's faculty is made up of both monastic professors (Khenpos and Lopons) and highly qualified international instructors trained in modern academic disciplines. As a crucial element of the training in Buddhist philosophy, courses taught by monastic professors follow the format and curriculum of a traditional Buddhist monastic education, while other classes apply contemporary pedagogical approaches. RYI is the only institution in South Asia able to offer this rich mix of traditional and modern learning as an integral part of its formal degree programs.
For those with a genuine interest in the content of particular undergraduate courses and yet who do not wish to undergo the rigors of intensive academic study and examinations, most BA classes may be studied on a non-degree, non-examination basis.
In Praise of Learning
"Listen to the Buddha's teaching and you become pure,
serene and gentle.
Contemplate and you gain confidence in liberation.
Meditate and you discover your inner natural wisdom.
Therefore, strive hard to listen, contemplate and meditate!"