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, Chicago, McGill, and Harvard. 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, Lausanne, Boston College, Vienna, Hamburg, McGill, Agnes Scott College, Williams College, and Humboldt (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 Tsundro Sangpo
Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel
Khenpo Karma Gyurme