Vision & Mission

Founded by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche as an institution of higher learning for those wishing to deepen their understanding of Buddhist philosophy and practice, Rangjung Yeshe Institute (RYI) has been conducting seminars and study programs in Nepal for more than 25 years.

Since 2001, the Institute has worked in close partnership with Kathmandu University to manage the Kathmandu University Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute which offers undergraduate and post-graduate degree courses in Buddhist Studies and related topics.

RYI may, to a large extent, be regarded as the Buddhist equivalent of a divinity school or seminary where spiritual practice is an integral part of the daily experience and where program graduates are scholar-practitioners.


RYI envisions a world in which a wide diversity of people, interested in learning about Buddhism, has easy access to a living Buddhist tradition in order to foster the qualities of wisdom and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings.


Rangjung Yeshe Institute's mission is to be a centre of higher learning, working to the highest standards, to provide both traditional and modern Buddhist education through teaching, translation, publication, research and practice.

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and the RYI community were delighted to welcome Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. After a short tour of RYI, Rinpoche generously shared his insight on the place of academic studies in the transmission of Dharma teachings. Following his talk, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche also gave brief advice on Buddhist study and practice. Here is a full capture of the event.