RYI’s faculty is an inspiring mix of khenpos and lopons from the Tibetan monastic tradition, PhD faculty from the Western academic tradition, experienced language teachers (both native speakers and international instructors), and interpreters from Tibetan into English. Each year, RYI hosts visiting faculty from international universities who teach for a semester or an academic year.
RYI’s regular PhD faculty come to us from Oxford University, University of Chicago, McGill University, and Harvard University. RYI’s monastic faculty studied at the Sangye Yeshe Monastic College and the Ngagyur Nyingma University. Past visiting faculty came from a variety of schools, including Emory University, Université de Lausanne, Boston College, University of Vienna, University of Hamburg, McGill University, Agnes Scott College, Williams College, and Humboldt State University (USA).
RYI faculty are dedicated to helping students to master the fundamentals and then challenge themselves with more rigorous academic demands. Critical thinking, thoughtful reflection, academic writing, contextualization, and analytical skills are all encouraged and cultivated.
Director of Programs
Khenpo Tsondru Sangpo
Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel
Khenpo Karma Gyurme