Applications now open for classes starting in August 2014

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Since 2002, Kathmandu University Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute has been offering a specialized undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies and Himalayan Language.

Applications are open for classes starting in August 2014.

Since earliest times, the thorough study of the Buddha’s teachings has been a distinguishing feature of Buddhism. This scholarly tradition thrived in the great universities of India and was later adopted by the Tibetan monastic colleges. Until recently, however, opportunities for laypeople to become truly well-versed in Buddhist philosophy have been limited.

Such an opportunity is now available at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, where students from all over the world study Buddhist philosophy in an authentic setting, with qualified teachers from both the monastic tradition of higher learning and the modern academy.

Students who attend our program develop a broad knowledge of Buddhist philosophy and practice and related historical developments, as well as the ability to analyze complex philosophical issues across cultures and times. Students become conversant in Tibetan and Nepali, and learn to read texts in classical Tibetan and Sanskrit. Those who focus on Tibetan learn to follow philosophical teachings directly in Tibetan.

CBS is now regarded as a foremost institution to visit to further one’s scholarly learning and research and to connect to leading Buddhist scholars of the Kathmandu Valley. — John Makransky, Associate Professor, Boston College

To learn more about the programs offered at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, visit our website. Opportunities are also available for visiting or non-degree students.