The act of generosity is a defining practice in the Buddhist tradition, and thus, RYI welcomes support from our many friends and associates around the world to help realize our vision of providing all those who are interested with access to a living Buddhist tradition. RYI creates this opportunity for the practice of generosity in order to foster the qualities of wisdom and compassion in our world. RYI is a non-profit organization and all tuition fees are used to cover the costs of running the courses and the institute. Our goal is to make the tuition fees accessible to everyone.

One time Donaton

Your donation will help RYI support the following costs and projects:

Contribute to the running costs of RYI and its programs

Currently RYI is running all classes online and where possible is offering discounts on the regular rates in an effort to ensure that the tuition is affordable. RYI offered a 50% discount on last year’s Summer Program 2020, and this year RYI is offering a 25% discount on the Summer Program 2021. Unfortunately this means that RYI has to run courses at a loss or just close to breaking even. This is obviously not a long-term viable solution and we are hoping that through fundraising we can ensure that tuition stays at a reasonable price while at the same time ensuring RYI covers all its costs. Through fundraising and donations we hope to secure the long-term viability and keep the doors of RYI, whether they be physical or virtual, open to all students and not just those who can afford it. Through your donations and support you can help us to make this happen and ensure that RYI continues offering courses well into the future.

On-campus & Online Facilities

For almost four years students have enjoyed the magnificent new classrooms and offices at the Institute’s new building, and in 2018 we saw the opening of the spacious and well-equipped new library. In 2019 Utpala restaurant opened creating a spacious and relaxed atmosphere for dining, and Colloquial language classes. In close proximity to the restaurant there is a new meditation room which is a space for students to let go of the intellectual activities of the day. While our on-campus facilities are now closed we still need to maintain the on-campus facilities and cover the running costs of RYI. In terms of our virtual classes, there are many other additional costs, which were not required in a face to face setting, such as technology to support our staff. Classes which were once delivered in-person now require the medium of a laptop or some similar device. Some of our faculty, in particular the monastic teachers, need additional laptops in order to conduct their classes online. We would like to be able to provide all our staff with the needed technology to successfully work remotely.  Your donation will help to contribute to this purpose.

RYI Scholarships

Perhaps our greatest success over the years has been attracting more local students than ever before with one in five of all new registrants coming from South Asia and the Himalayan Region. This helps to fulfill Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s specific wish that RYI accommodate all qualified candidates having a sincere interest in studying Buddhism, regardless of their country of origin or financial position. 

Tsadra foundation has generously offered three new scholarships which fully funds students studying the MA and MA prep programs.

Khyentse Foundation continues its matching scholarship funding and while this has made studies accessible to many more students, a key challenge for RYI in the period ahead is to raise an equal amount of scholarship funding and we are therefore connecting with all alumni, friends and supporters to ask you to consider contributing to RYI’s scholarship fund, recognizing that every dollar donated will be matched by the Khyentse Foundation up to the limit stated. No donation is too small and every dollar contributed will help make the study aspirations of some highly deserving and capable students become a reality

Thank You!

Monthly Giving

How can you help? Become a one-time or monthly donor!

Our donors are friends and alumni of the institute from all around the world. A few provide large one-time amounts; many more give smaller sums regularly. All feel a deep sense of connection to the efforts made to develop Buddhist scholarship and practice in an academic setting.

A few dollars a month may seem like a mere drop, but when many drops are collected, the whole ocean can be filled! Your one-time or monthly donation, no matter how small or great, can make a big difference.

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Planned Giving

Charitable giving is one of the most significant and lasting ways we can express our appreciation for those things that matter most to us in our life – our families, friends and loved ones, and our ideals and values. It is also one of the most practical ways we can help to support the things we find important.

Planned Giving is a term that covers all kinds of charitable gifts that may be made to an organization, like the Rangjung Yeshe Institute, through your estate, either a number of years from now or at the time of your death.

The Circle of Merit

The Circle of Merit is a planned giving society that has been established to help ensure that the Rangjung Yeshe Institute and other activities of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche remain available to future generations.

By remembering the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in your will you can make a significant and lasting contribution to our mission of providing students with access to a living Buddhist tradition. One which fosters the qualities of wisdom and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Making a Will

In each country, there are different laws, regulations and tax rules pertaining to the drafting of a legally binding will. That is why we would recommend that you speak to your attorney or to RYI’s Director of Finance directly. Should your affairs be particularly complex, we would strongly recommend that you consider taking legal advice.

Written Document

The written document that makes charitable giving clear is a will or testament which describes a gift of money or property that the individual wants to leave to a person or organization. It is also called a legacy or a bequest.


The money and property that are left after a person’s death are known as the estate of the person. The will is the legal instrument that permits a person to make decisions on how his or her estate will be managed and distributed after his death, which individuals and organizations inherit all or part of his or her estate, and who will be the executor of the will, that is: who will distribute the estate to the beneficiaries.

Every Country has Different Laws

Depending on the legal system in your country, there are taxes and other duties that will be taken out of the estate before it is paid out to the beneficiary. The heir or beneficiary of a will themselves may also need to pay money out of the inheritance, and often these taxes can be very high.

Contact Us for Guidance

If you are inspired by the Rangjung Yeshe Institute – whether you have been a student, a parent of a student, or simply a friend – and would like to help support us, please consider making us a part of your estate planning. You may contact the Director of Development for further information and guidance.

RYI Endowment

In order to insure the quality and long-term sustainability of RYI’s teaching programs, the institute is currently seeking to establish an Endowed Chair for Buddhist Studies.

Each year, RYI will appoint an eminent scholar to the chair who is able to both improve the quality of academic offerings and enhance the Institute’s profile through excellence in teaching, publication and research. The endowment of this chair will further allow RYI to attract and maintain an expert faculty of teachers and translators and improve the institute’s long term financial stability.

The sponsor of the chair, which may be an individual, organization, or corporation, stands to have a profound influence on the future of international Buddhist Studies. In recognition of this, naming rights for the chair will be awarded to the sponsor.

All donations pass through Rangjung Yeshe Institute Foundation – a 501c3 organization registered in the United States and are tax deductible for US citizens.

Contact Us

If you are interested in helping to establish the RYI Endowed Chair, or would like further information, please contact RYI’s Director of Development.

Support Us

If you are inspired by the Rangjung Yeshe Institute – whether you have been a student, a parent of a student, or simply a friend – and would like to help support us, please contact the Principal’s office at for further information and guidance.


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