Summer Program Buddhist Studies

Summer Program Buddhist Studies

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of Buddhism. Students are introduced to both classical and modern Buddhist scholarship and meditation training and, in so doing, gain first-hand experience of many key aspects of Buddhist training that are otherwise rarely accessible to lay students.

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.

Two of the daily lectures are delivered in Tibetan by Khenpos, Lopons, and Lamas (senior monastic teachers) from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and translated into English. 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. Teachers and translators are all faculty members at CBS. The level of intensity of the program is high and students are expected to invest considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations.

The traditional philosophical and doctrinal text to be taught this summer is the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, (Tibetan: rgyal sras lag lan) and the text  for this year’s meditation class will be A Lamp Illuminating the Path to Liberation, by Khenpo Gyaltsen of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery. The meditation class includes a theoretical as well as an experiential approach and offers basic instruction in śamatha (calm abiding) and vipaśyāna (clear seeing) meditation. 

The Buddhist Studies course also includes:

  • Meditation classes, which include a theoretical as well as an experiential approach – a Tibetan Lama will lead daily meditation sessions, providing basic instruction in śamatha (calm abiding) and vipaśyāna (clear seeing) meditation. 
  • Introduction to Buddhism course, which covers the foundations of Tibetan Buddhism, balancing historical and academic perspectives.  

Orientation starts June 8 to June 10, 2022. Classes will run from June 13 to August 4, 2022 (Monday to Friday for eight weeks). There will be a short mid-term from July 8 to July 11, 2022. 

The decision as to whether the Summer Program will be on campus or online will be announced on February 1, 2022.

Admission Criteria

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.

For more information, please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Admissions Process for the summer program


The course is awarded academic credit at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for TSTD 120 Buddhist Studies Summer Program I.

Fee Request

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.”

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