Degree Programs

Degree Programs

In light of the current situation around the world, and in order to ensure the best possible conditions for students and staff to remain safe and healthy, RYI will offer all of its fall 2021 classes online.

The next degree programs start on August 23, 2021.

Applications are accepted each year between January 1 and July 31.

Late application is possible from July 31 until start of the program. (Note: a late application fee will apply.)

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Through a partnership between Kathmandu University and Rangjung Yeshe Institute, the Centre for Buddhist Studies (CBS) was established in 2001 to provide formal study opportunities in Buddhist Philosophy and Himalayan Languages (Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Nepali). CBS currently offers a four-year BA, two MA degrees, a Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies, and a three-year research PhD degree program.

All courses taught in degree programs earn academic credit which may be applied to CBS’s own BA or MA programs or towards degrees offered by other institutions. Visiting students may transfer credits earned at CBS to their home institutions subject to the requirements of their home institutions.

All students enrolled in CBS degree programs are eligible for official student visas.

Buddhist Philosophy at CBS

The faculty at RYI consists of senior monastic professors (khenpos) and junior monastic professors (lopons) and international instructors trained in modern academic disciplines. As a crucial element of the training in Buddhist philosophy, courses taught by monastic professors on classical Buddhist scriptures follow the format and curriculum of a traditional Buddhist monastic education. Courses taught by international instructors follow the approach of the modern academy including use of historical-critical methodology and secondary sources. CBS is currently the only institution offering this traditional form of education as an integral part of long-term academic studies.

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate studies are for those who have completed Higher Secondary School (10+2) but have not earned a Bachelor’s degree, or for those who have completed a Bachelor’s program in a different discipline and now want to join a program of Buddhist Studies. Read more…

Graduate Studies

Graduate studies are for those students who have already obtained a Bachelor’s degree and wish to study in our MA program, or for those who have obtained an MA degree and wish to study in our PhD program or undertake independent research. Read more…

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Weekly Meditation

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Online Public Guest Lectures

The next guest lecture is with Stephen Christopher entitled "Pathways in and out of Dharamsala: Gaddis in the context of transnational Tibetan patronage"

Tuesday, 30th November 2021

20:00 NPT (Kathmandu)

09:15 EST (Montreal)

Meeting ID: 840 6353 0715

Password: 101940

Watch Erik Pema Kunsang & Dr. Catherine Dalton's talk on “The Practice of Buddhist Translation” here.

You can listen to previous guest lectures on Soundcloud. Click here.

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