Summer Program Buddhist Studies
8 Week Intensive from June 8 – August 4, 2022
The Buddhist Studies summer course is a rigorous introduction to the traditional and academic study of the Buddhist tradition. Students complete the equivalent of two semester’s of coursework over the span of 8 weeks, establishing a foundation of knowledge that prepares them for further, more in-depth study of Buddhist history, philosophy and meditation.
Applications due May 30, 2022
Apply by May 23, 2022 to avoid a late fee
Buddhist Studies I (TSTD 120) 6 Credits
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of Buddhism. Students are introduced to classical and modern Buddhist scholarship as well as experiential meditation training.
Two of the daily lectures are delivered in Tibetan by Khenpos, Lopons, or Lamas (senior monastic teachers) from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and translated into English. This offers students a unique window into traditional Buddhist training that is rarely accessible to non-monastic students.
The third daily lecture is given by a teacher trained in the modern academic tradition and considers historical, social, and cultural issues related to the foundations and development of the tradition.
Daily meditation sessions are an important feature of the course and provide a personal perspective on the philosophical content of the lectures. The meditation classes will focus on calm-abiding meditation (śamatha, zhi gnas) using the text “How to Practice Śamatha and Its Benefits” by Khenpo Gyaltsen.
The main text used in this course is the Bodhicaryāvatāra “Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva” by Gyalse Togme. This text describes the practice of a genuine bodhisattva in the face of a wide range of difficult circumstances. By studying and taking to heart these teaching, we can train our minds to transcend our habitual reactions of anger, fear, clinging, and ignorance.
|Buddhist Studies I, |
|Hours per week |
(160 hours total)
|Section 1 |
|Section 2 |
|Buddhist Traditions and Philosophy||Five 1.5-hour classes||Monday-Friday|
|Pre-recorded, available |
|Meditation Class||Five 1-hour classes||Monday-Friday|
|Pre-recorded, available |
|Buddhist Traditions and Philosophy Review||One class per week||Thursday|
|Introduction to Buddhism Live Discussion||Five 1-hour classes||Monday-Friday|
All classes meet Monday through Friday for 3.5 hours per day. The course covers the philosophy and history of Buddhism as well as the experiential practice of meditation. All students also have access to virtual office hours for additional support. In order to progress students are expected to attend daily classes for the duration of the course. The level of intensity of the courses is high and students are expected to invest considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations.
Classes are structured as a combination of traditional Tibetan-style and academic-style lectures on fundamental Buddhist topics and texts including instruction on their practical application through meditation training. Daily meditation sessions are an important feature of the course and provide a personal perspective on the philosophical content of the lectures.
- Access to RYI’s Microsoft Teams environment
- PDF textbook, texts and supplemental materials
- Pre-recorded videos
The Buddhist Studies courses are university-level courses and can be taken for academic credit through Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies.
These courses may also be taken on a non-credit basis.
Summmer Program Academic Calendar
- June 8 Online Orientation
- June 13 Classes begin
- July 8-11 Midterm break
- August 4 Final exams
As this course is taught at the introductory level, all interested students are encouraged to apply. A statement of interest will be required as part of the application process. All applications are subject to approval by the Centre for Buddhist Studies.
The Buddhist Studies course is popular and places may fill up quickly, so apply now to reserve your place.
The course is awarded academic credit at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for TSTD 120 Buddhist Studies Summer Program I.
In accordance with University guidelines, RYI course fees are determined by each student’s home base and nationality. A three-tier system is in effect which covers (i) Nepali students, (ii) SAARC students and (iii) other international students. Please select below to find out the fees structure for your particular circumstances.
You will find the Tuition Fee List for all programs, including the Summer Program, linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the heading “Tuition Fee List.”