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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 two-year MA programs, and a three-year research PhD program along with a number of non-degree courses.
All courses taught on degree programs earn academic credit which may be applied to CBS's own BA or MA programs, or towards degrees offered by other institutions. Thus study abroad students may normally transfer credits earned at CBS to their home institutions. All students enrolled in CBS degree programs are eligible for official student visas from the Government of Nepal.
Buddhist Philosophy at CBS
The faculty at RYI consists of both 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 learning as an integral part of long-term academic studies.
For those students wishing to study for shorter periods, most of the undergraduate courses listed on this website may be taken on a non-degree, non-examination basis.
Follow the links below for details of our undergraduate and graduate programs.